Who do we care for?
Our specialist unit is based at our head office in Turnchapel. The unit has 12 patient beds, across single and multiple bedded rooms, with most looking out onto the beautiful surroundings of Plymouth Sound.
The vast majority of patients with whom St Luke’s is involved will never need to come into the specialist unit, as they are able to be well cared for at home, wherever that may be. The beds are intended for patients with complex needs that are proving difficult to manage in other settings, and most of these patients are already known to St Luke’s through contact with our other services.
We take referrals from healthcare professionals and prioritise these on the patient’s need for symptom control, psychosocial support or terminal care.
We are not a long stay unit, and once we have satisfactorily addressed symptoms or other issues we will aim to discharge a patient back home, provided their condition is stable and they are not here for terminal care. Sometimes, if discharge home is not possible, we may have to discuss discharge to a nursing home.