This Specialist Palliative Care Service is free at the point of delivery and is funded by the National Health Service, under the auspices of London North West Healthcare NHS Trust. We are known overall as London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, but we are also a registered charity. Meadow House Hospice is the specialist palliative care service delivering care to Ealing and Hounslow boroughs. We serve a population of 640 000, 60% of whom live in Ealing and 40% of whom are Hounslow residents.
Our aim is to help each patient to maximise the benefits of his or her treatment, to help patients and families to cope as well as possible with the effects of the disease and for the patient to be cared for and die in the place of his or her choice.
Specialist palliative care aims to:
Affirm life and to regard dying as a normal process
Provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
Integrate the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
Offer a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
Offer a support system to help the family/carers cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement. The Hospice has responded to the increasing demand for specialist palliative care by developing and expanding its services - for full information select Services.
Meadow House Hospice is the centre for the Ealing and Hounslow Specialist Palliative Care Service. Established in 1987 by Maria Brennan MBE, the Service currently provides care and support to specialist palliative care patients and their families in the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow.
The service is provided through:
- two community nursing teams (10 whole time equivalent clinical nurse specialists)
- a 15 bedded inpatient unit at Meadow House
- links with the Specialist Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists at our two local hospitals (West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust and Ealing Hospital NHS Trust)
- Day Hospice (15 places, three days a week)
- affiliated services such as the Lymphoedema Service and the Macmillan Bereavement Service.
The service receives a significant contribution to its work from a large and active group of dedicated Volunteers. We are also very privileged to have the support of many local individuals and businesses whose kind and generous fundraising is invaluable support to our staff and patients.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) defines specialist palliative care as: the active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms, alongside provision of psychological, social and spiritual support, is paramount.