The Nightingale Macmillan Unit offers specialist end of life care for patients with a life-limiting illness. This includes people with incurable cancer and also non-cancer illnesses that are advanced and progressing e.g. motor neurone disease or advanced heart failure.
Patients may have persistent symptoms, like pain or nausea, they may have complex emotional or psychological problems, or they may need care in the last days of their lives.
The average length of stay in the unit is 14 days, during which time the patient will be assessed. If their condition stabilises they may be able to be discharged home or to another place of care.
Because of the nature of the care given in the Nightingale Macmillan Unit, there is a wide range of skills among its staff. Roles include:
- Consultants in Palliative Medicine and a team of Junior Doctors
- Nursing team including Registered Nurses and Care Assistants
- Macmillan Social Care Worker
- Occupational Therapist
- Clinical Psychologist
The unit is aims to provide the most comfortable experience possible for patients. Facilities throughout include
- Bed space for 20 patients, including 14 single rooms with en suite toilet/shower and two bays of 3 beds (same sex)
- Day room with television, books and games
- Landscaped courtyard garden (shared with NM Day Unit)
- Multi-faith chapel
- Personal TVs, internet access
- Facilities for in-patients who are smokers (relatives are expected to follow the Trust non-smoking policy)
- A relatives room and facilities for relatives to stay overnight
What our patients say
“I felt very well cared for.”
“All staff and volunteers are very friendly and helpful.”