It’s 20 years since we had St Barnabas and the great staff in our lives, nothing was too much trouble. We had several overnight stays; if I ever win the lottery then I know where a lot of my money would go. A wonderful place where people have dignity and love until the end.
Care in Lincoln
The Inpatient Unit on Nettleham Road in Lincoln has eleven specialist beds and referral to this service is made via a healthcare professional such as your GP, specialist nurse, community nurse or hospital.
For more information about our Inpatient ward in Lincoln call 01522 511 566
How to refer
Referrals can be made using the Inpatient Unit Referral form. This can be emailed via a secure NHS account or faxed through to the safe haven fax (details below). The form has been provided electronically to G.P. practices throughout Lincolnshire, LCHS Community Nursing teams and ULHT. It is also available for download from the End of Life Care website.
For urgent referrals, please telephone the unit on
01522 511 566.
All referrals are discussed at the twice daily triage meetings, Monday – Friday, at 9am and 2pm, after which, the referrer will be contacted.
Currently, admissions take place Monday to Friday and should preferably be before 2.30pm each day.
As a patient you may come into the Inpatient ward for different reasons; you may need help to control pain or symptoms, or for care at the end of your life.
Referral to the Inpatient ward is via a healthcare professional such as your GP, specialist nurse, community nurse or hospital.
This is different from patient to patient and St Barnabas is not a long stay unit. The average length of stay for most patients is two weeks. This could be longer depending on the reason for your admission and your ongoing need for hospice care.
The ward has a mixture of single rooms and four-bedded bays. You will be allocated a single room or a bed in a bay according to your nursing need, preference and bed availability. Some of the bed spaces can open out onto the garden terrace.
During your stay nurses, health care support workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, doctors and other healthcare professionals will care for you. There are also volunteers who help with things like making drinks for you.
Please bring in with you all the medicines that you are currently taking, including any over the counter or alternative therapies.
You will also need to bring the following:
- Night clothes
- Day clothes
- Toiletries, including soap, a toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner
- Glasses/hearing aid/dentures – if you wear them
- Things to occupy you, such as books, magazines, mobile phone or laptop – there is free WiFi available
- A small amount of money to purchase items such as newspapers, which can be ordered at reception
We do have a small safe for valuables, but we would advise you to leave large sums of money or jewellery at home. You will have access to a lockable drawer by your bedside.
Please note: St Barnabas Hospice accepts no responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, personal property of any kind, in whatever way loss or damage may occur.
The Hospice is a no smoking building and supports a no smoking policy. However, smoking is permitted in the lower garden away from the terraced area.
Please note that patients are not permitted to smoke whilst outside in their bed or if oxygen is being administered.
For safety, the Hospice is locked from 10pm each night and patients and visitors are asked not to smoke after this time. Although, in exceptional circumstances, visitors may have access to the front entrance of the Hospice.
We do our best to cater for your individual preferences, so ask for what you fancy.
Breakfast is served every day from 8am onwards with a choice of a cooked breakfast, cereals or toast.
Lunch will be served between 12pm and 1pm from an á la carte or set menu. Remember, if there is nothing that appeals to you, our kitchen staff are happy to accommodate any preferences whenever possible.
Your evening meal will be served between 5pm and 6pm.
If you are on a special diet or have specific dietary requirements, please tell us so that we can prepare a meal that suits you.
Meals can be enjoyed by your bed space, in the patient dining area or outside on the terrace.
Light snacks and drinks are also available at any time during the day or night.
Visitors are welcome to visit at any time. However, we do have daily quiet time from 2:00pm to 3:30pm to allow you and the other patients to rest, so visitors are asked to avoid this time. We request where possible that there are no more than three visitors around the bed space at any one time.
Children are welcome to visit the Hospice and there is a designated play area within the conservatory. Children must be supervised at all times. Your pets can also be brought in by prior arrangement with the nurse in charge.
Yes, visitors are permitted to stay overnight should your condition make it necessary or if there are travel issues. There is a relative’s room equipped for sleeping, and recliner chairs and z-beds if your visitors would rather stay by your bedside. For health and safety reasons, please discuss these overnight options with the nurse in charge.
During the daytime, your visitors can order a variety of light meals from the reception for a small charge. This can be done prior to your visit or upon arrival. A complimentary breakfast will be offered to visitors who have stayed overnight at the Hospice.
A volunteer or member of staff will be happy to make a drink for visitors during the course of their visit. There is also a vending machine in the Edwards Room, next to the reception.
St Barnabas Hospice is situated in the historic centre of Lincoln, therefore parking is limited. We do have some visitor marked parking areas within the Hospice grounds, but when these are full, visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the on-street parking nearby.
However, there are a number of resident parking zones and if you are unable to find on-street parking there are paid car parks close by in the Bailgate area.