In Patient Unit

St Cuthbert’s Hospice has an 11 bedded palliative care In Patient Unit which provides individualised care planned to support the total well being of each person, taking into account their physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. It provides holistic care for patients with life limiting illness. 

The Hospice offers admission for specialist assessment, planned respite care, rehabilitation and end of life care aiming to discharge patients where appropriate to their preferred place of care.

All rooms have single occupancy with en-suite facilities and doors opening out onto patios with access to beautiful gardens within mature gardens, affording privacy and tranquillity.








A wide range of inpatient services are available for patients with life limiting illnesses which may include a diagnosis of cancer as well as their families and carer(s) which include the following:

In addition to these, patients and families may also use any of the services which are provided in The Living Well Centre at the Hospice

St Cuthbert’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for patients and their families and carer(s) who reside in County Durham or from outside the area by special arrangement.

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For patients admitted to the Hospice from outside our usual catchment area will need to be temporarily registered with a local GP practice and their day to day management will be supervised by a specialist team led by a Palliative Care Consultant.

Referrals can be made by any Health Care Professional. Patients or families who contact the hospice directly will be asked to contact a Health Care Professional known to them to refer into the Hospice. Usually this will be their General Practitioner (GP) District Nurse, Macmillan Nurse or a Clinical Specialist from the acute sector.

Admission can be arranged between 9 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday and at other times by arrangement after discussion with the clinical team.

Referrals will be accepted by phone, email, fax or in person followed by a completed hospice referral form. 

Click here to download a referral form.

Completed forms can be returned securely via email to

All referrals will be discussed each day by the multidisciplinary team and prioritised on the basis of need and an admission plan communicated to the referrer within 1 working day (or on the same day for urgent referrals).

If a bed is not available then a waiting list operates and allocation of beds is determined on priority of clinical need following discussion with the Multidisciplinary Team

The hospice teams are available to discuss any potential referrals and to signpost to other more appropriate services if necessary.

Patients referred for long term nursing care will be redirected to more appropriate agencies for ongoing care.

Note for referrers: Clinical accountability can only be held by a consultant or a GP. At the moment there is no consultant who holds this accountability for patients receiving care at St Cuthbert’s Hospice.  The Hospice will contact the patient’s GP in the unlikely event that the Hospice doctors are not able to provide clinical care. Clinical responsibility will remain with the Hospice doctor who admits them to the Hospice. This is a temporary issue which the Hospice and CCG are working to address).