Inpatient Care

Bolton Hospice has 16 private en-suite rooms for those who need care within the hospice. Our accommodation is comfortable and homely, and every room has direct access to our beautiful gardens.

It is a common misconception that a hospice is just a place where people go to die. Hospice care is so much more than providing end of life care, before patients reach the end stage of their illness they’ll need palliative care – and that’s what we specialize in. Palliative care can stabilize symptoms and manage pain, helping you to live well and create new memories with your loved ones. We will also support patients and families with emotional, spiritual and social needs too and care for you as a whole person, not just your illness or symptoms.

You might be surprised that between 30%-40% of our inpatients return home after receiving palliative care in the inpatient unit. The hospice inpatient unit is not a dark or depressing place, it is full of life, love and laughter!

Why might you be referred to the inpatient unit?

You may sometimes be admitted for inpatient care at an early stage of your illness for a short period of care followed by ongoing support. It could be for transitional care after treatment or for control of symptoms such as pain, nausea or vomiting. You may also be admitted to the inpatient unit during the final stages of your illness.

Who is this service for?

  • Those whose physical or psychological problems are not responding to care at home or in hospital.
  • Those who need a period of assessment or review.
  • Those who may be reaching the end of life and are unable to remain at home.

We welcome eligible patients irrespective of gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.

All our services are free of charge.

Who provides care?

Our inpatient unit care is provided by our consultant team: Dr Jenny Klimiuk, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Dr Ellie McCann, Medical Director, with day-to-day care provided by them and other members of the medical team. 24 hour medical care is provided by a rota of hospice doctors available on call.

Specialist palliative and end of life nursing care is provided day and night by our team of highly skilled professional nurses.

Our clinical team is supported by a number of other team members including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, complementary therapists, creative therapists, social workers, spiritual care, housekeepers and cooks.

Dad had treatment at the Christie but needed ongoing help with the pain, so his doctor suggested a stay at Bolton Hospice to bring his pain under control so he could continue with his life. Dad had misconceptions about going into a hospice as his view was he would not come back out alive again. However within days he was calling it a 5* all inclusive!

A family member

Wider support

We offer complementary therapy such as massage and reiki to help reduce stress and aid relaxation. We can also offer creative therapy sessions, social work, occupational therapy and physiotherapy, a Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service and access to our specialist wellbeing hub services and support sessions. We offer spiritual care and emotional support for all faith and beliefs including non-religious beliefs as well as pre and post bereavement support too.


Dad had a nice, big private room with doors into the garden and a big bathroom. He loved the 3 course meals, wine at tea time and his endless supply of biscuits! He even had a volunteer asking if he wanted fresh flowers in his room as well as reflexology treatment for him, my mum and me.

A family member