Care in the hospice

We have been taking additional steps during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure we are able to protect our vulnerable patients and our staff.

As a result, some of our inpatient services and practices have had to change. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your cooperation, understanding and continued support.

Is the IPU still providing care?


We are still providing the same expert care on our Hospice ward as we have always done. Patients with life-limiting illnesses, who are too unwell to be cared for at home, need us now more than ever.

Although the way we deliver our care has changed, you can still expect the highest standards. We have all the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) we need to stay safe, and have ongoing deliveries to ensure this. We are adhering to all Public Health England and Government guidelines on safe practice. Our staff are doing all they can to maintain a sense of normality for patients despite the challenges.

Can I visit the hospice?


Due to the pandemic, visiting patients on the inpatient unit (IPU) has changed. This guidance was last updated on Monday 17th January 2022.

Face-to-face visiting is continuing for all our inpatients as we know how important and therapeutic this contact is. However, we have had to introduce some restrictions in order to protect our patients, their families and friends and our staff. These restrictions are implemented according to the COVID risk both nationally and locally so are subject to change accordingly.

  • All visits need to be booked in advance. A time slot will be given on booking.
  • The patient will be limited to recieving visitors once a day.
  • A maximum of 2 visitors will be able to visit a day
  • The maximum duration of a visit is 1 hour
  • Children under 16 years are allowed with an adult
  • No pets are allowed to visit (with the exception of assistance dogs)
  • Visitors must not leave the room or wander into other areas of the hospice

Visitors need to confirm that they don't have symptoms of COVID-19 and that they haven't been in direct contact with someone that has. Visitors must also take a rapid lateral flow test on the day of their visit and be prepared to show evidence to our staff on entry. If they have not been able to take a test, they will need to take one and wait 30 minutes for the result. It is essential to thoroughly wash hands and forearms on arrival and wear PPE.

We know that being apart from loved ones is a big concern when time is precious. Our clinical team are working hard to make sure that every patient can stay in touch with relatives and loved ones. We’ve introduced video calling technology, using phones and computers, to help everyone feel connected, if this is something we can support you with then please do discuss it with us.

Our café and hospice shop are still shut for the time being. The entrance to the IPU reception remains open, but should only be used by Martlets’ staff carrying out essential business. Any queries should be made by phone on 01273 273400.

Due to the recent impact of the pandemic locally, visiting patients on the inpatient unit has changed.

As of 16 August 2021 visiting is currently restricted. If you are a relative or loved one of a patient who is staying on the inpatient unit at this time, please contact us via

If you have any general queries about visiting Martlets, please contact us via our online form.


About our inpatient unit (IPU)

*Please note that during the coronavirus pandemic there may be some changes to the services mentioned below, to ensure the safety of our staff and patients is maintained.
At Martlets, we provide specialist care in a friendly, uplifting environment. As well as providing expert medical care, we also think about the things that are important to you personally. That could mean having your pet to visit you at the hospice or celebrating Christmas in July. Or simply hanging a poster of your favourite football team above your bed.

Our facilities

Martlets has 18 beds in total but during the pandemic this has been reduced to 12 beds. There are two shared rooms (each housing four beds) eight single rooms and two larger rooms. Currently, we are only allowing one patient in the ‘shared’ rooms to ensure we comply with social distancing measures. Every room has doors that open out onto our beautiful garden.

You’ll have a choice of delicious meals every day – cooked by our in-house chefs.

Our Sanctuary room, rehabilitation gym and pamper suite are off limits at the moment due to COVID restrictions.

Expert care and support

Martlets’ inpatient unit has a dedicated team of specialist doctors and nurses supported by health care assistants. Our physiotherapist and occupational therapist can help with your mobility. We also have a team of counsellors and social workers on hand if you need to talk. In addition, our volunteers are involved in everything from serving tea and arranging flowers to hairdressing and complementary therapies (though these services may be subject to change during COVID)..

Before your stay, a senior nurse on the ward will call you and go through what you need to bring. They’ll also be able to address any questions or concerns you may have. Some people choose to spend their final weeks with us. However, most patients can go home once we have their symptoms under control. Our Discharge Buddy service offers patients practical support once they return home.

Who can access Martlets

We provide expert care and support for those affected by life-limiting illnesses. From terminal cancer and chronic heart disease to neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Motor Neurone Disease, we’re here to help.

Martlets offers care to people over the age of 18 who live in Brighton and Hove, the Deans or the Havens (see map). And our care is free, thanks to the support of our local community. (The majority of our funding is achieved through local fundraising).

Your GP, hospital consultant, palliative care team or district nurse can refer you to us.