Willen at Home

Caring for patients in the community

Our Willen at Home team (WAH) includes Clinical Nurse Specialists, Registered Nurses, Doctors and Health Care Assistants who all have specialist training and experience in caring for people with a life limiting illness. We work alongside GPs and District Nurses to give advice on managing any difficult symptoms, with a focus on quality of life.

We see people at different stages of their illness, including those nearing the end of life, and offer support to families and carers. Many people with life limiting illnesses do not need our involvement as GP and District Nurses are able to provide the care and support needed and remain responsible for overall care.

Referrals to our service can be made by any healthcare professional when a person’s needs are more difficult to manage and require specialist involvement. Only people under a Milton Keynes GP can be referred to WAH.

We support people to record their wishes in an Advance Care Plan so that everyone involved in their care knows what is important to them. We also support people to plan for the future so that as far as possible they can be cared for in the place of their choice.

Onward referrals may be made to the Willen Therapeutics & Wellbeing team to support with psychological, spiritual and social needs, or to other services as needed.

If symptoms are not settling with management at home, it may be possible to admit to the Hospice for a few days for closer monitoring.

Download our Referral & Admissions Policy below, for guidance on accessing all of our services.

If you are a medical professional, find out how to refer your patient to Willen Hospice.

 

In a typical year...
£9
our cost, per minute
11,000
phone calls to patients at home
600
fabulous volunteers
700
patients cared for at home
3,200
home visits
300
patients at the hospice
18,000
of cups of tea
290
counselling sessions
We can only provide the care we do thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, through their continued volunteering, fundraising and donations throughout the year. Your donation will enable us to continue providing care and support to those facing a life-limiting diagnosis, and to support their loved ones.