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Published: February 17, 2020 | Updated: February 18, 2020

Swanage to receive Lewis-Manning outreach care this spring with new day hospice service

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Lewis-Manning Hospice Care is expanding its services into the Purbecks.

From this spring a day hospice service will be available at Swanage Hospital.

The team will be building on the support that has been provided across East Dorset for over 27 years.

The aim is to increase physical and social well-being, reduce isolation and loneliness, support people to stay in their homes longer, and alleviate the huge pressures on families and carers.

The new service will be similar to the one operating from Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s current hospice in Poole.

It will provide a range of outreach support for people who have been diagnosed with a life limiting condition, offering practical and clinical care, as well as social support for patients in a friendly relaxed environment which also offers an opportunity to meet others going through similar experiences.

Clare Gallie, Chief Executive of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, said: “Developing care, ‘Closer to Home,’ is part of Lewis-Manning Hospice Care’s new focus and strategy.

“Launching in Swanage is an exciting step forward for us and endorses our commitment to local people and the local community that we serve, support and care for.

“We intend to develop and open more local hospice support services because they are vital and we know that demand is growing.

“Day hospice care enables us to work within communities much further afield and, therefore, help more people at the end of their lives, closer to their homes and allow them longer time with their loved ones.

“The service will help people living in and around Swanage – such as Studland, Kingston, Corfe Castle, Kimmeridge, East and West Holme, Worth Matravers, Langton Matravers, Furzebrook, Stoborough Ridge, Stoborough Green, south of Wareham and west to Lulworth – and is offered free of charge.

“The new service will be operated from our new headquarters at Longfleet Road, Poole, which are currently under construction and they will be fit for purpose in the next couple of months.”

The Swanage services will be located at Swanage Hospital, in Queen’s Road, and provided by a team of nurses, health care professionals and volunteers.

They include:

  • Hospice nursing care, encompassing physical, clinical and emotional support for people with life limiting illness.
  • Creative arts and wellbeing, a way for people to express themselves and communicate issues which may be hard to talk about while socialising and making new friends.

Ruth Burnhill, Director of Clinical Services at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care, said: “The benefits of day hospice care are proven.

“We can offer advice and support, reduce stress, anxiety and loneliness, maximise mobility, boost confidence and self esteem and give respite to carers.

“Meeting and chatting to others who have similar conditions allows people to recognise that they are not alone in the community even if relatives live further away.”

Clare added: “With six new trustees, the board has gained additional experience and knowledge.

“Once the refit of our new premises at Longfleet Road, Poole, is complete the charity will move from its site on Crichel Mount Road, to deliver local hospice services in a more central location closer to Poole Hospital with great transport links.

“Lewis Manning Hospice Care is an independent charity and receives only 20 per cent of its funding from the NHS.

“Gifts and donations from the local community to help set up and run this service are most welcome as are local volunteers who may be inspired to come along and help to provide extraordinary hospice care.”

  • Lewis-Manning Hospice care welcomes referrals to its new day hospice in Swanage from local healthcare professionals who can simply fill in a referral form, which can be found on the charity’s website or by calling 01202 708470. Anyone is welcome to call, visit the website or email