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Willow Burn Hospice was opened in 1989 for day care services, with the addition of four inpatient beds as from 1991. Willow Burn Hospice is a Registered Charity (Derwentside Hospice Care Foundation) 519659 and a Company Limited by Guarantee 2263960.
Willow Burn Hospice delivers palliative and end of life care to the Derwentside and Durham community. It offers a range of services including; inpatient care (for pain relief, symptom control and respite care;) day hospice services which are delivered in the form of a rehabilitation programme, based on healthcare outcomes. The average length of stay is 9 days, with 40% of patients receiving end of life care, the remainder receiving support that enables them to go home at the end of their stay. This is due in part to the fact that many of the hospices’ patients have long term health conditions and the hospice offers support to them during palliative phases as well as end of life care.
The hospice is situated within a previous NHS Hospital site known as Maiden Law which was closed in 1999; the surrounding buildings have since fallen into a state of disrepair although the remainder of the site is earmarked for future residential development (with outline planning approval recently granted). Willow Burn Hospice shared the external grounds and gardens with the former hospital, along with other independent healthcare providers who have also since moved out.
The existing building is old, inefficient, cramped and expensive to maintain; to progress, the hospice needs to have a modern, clean and environmentally friendly building that will integrate with new restorative sensory gardens in the current location which is simply idyllic. Whilst the hospice has looked at alternative sites and buildings, it is intended through the purchase of land to stay on the existing site and completely rebuild the resource to provide world class facilities.