Enhancing end-of-life care

Charitable donations play a major part in helping our hospice provide additional comforts to patients facing life-limiting conditions

Opened in the grounds of Ealing Hospital in 1987, Meadow House was one of the first NHS Hospices in England and has now been providing specialist palliative and end-of-life care services to the residents of Ealing and Hounslow for over thirty years.

Made up of a 15-bed inpatient unit and an active day hospice, patients are admitted to Meadow House in order to manage their symptoms, including pain control, and to undergo planned respite care and end of life care.

Meadow House also has a team of clinical nurse specialists and other professionals who support patients in their own homes. While it receives funding from the NHS, it relies on donations and fundraising to bring additional benefits to patients like specialised syringe drivers, comfortable reclining bed chairs for families and landscaping the garden area.

Lead Clinician Dr Jane Cowap said: “Although the majority of our patients have a cancer diagnosis, we care for an increasing number of patients who have non-malignant diseases such as heart disease and dementia. Our aim is to help each patient maximise the benefits of their treatment and to help them and their families cope with the effects of the disease.”

The hospice has a dedicated team of volunteers who help run the day centre and also raise funds to enhance the service, providing additional items that are above and beyond NHS standard.

Voluntary Services Manager Lynne May said, “We have a fantastic team of dedicated volunteers who donate their time to the hospice. Their contribution and commitment cannot be underestimated and we are so fortunate to have them.”

The local community have been incredibly generous with their support of the hospice, including 25 runners braving the Ealing Half Marathon 2018 to raise over £12,000 for Meadow House.

“It’s not just about the care we provide at Meadow House. It’s also about the extras that we can give to our patients and their loved ones that are not funded by the NHS”.

Lynne May, Voluntary Services Manager