What is a Hospice?

Hospice literally means 'a place of shelter'. Hospices are for people with terminal illnesses.

During their stay, patients will receive treatment (known as palliative care) to help relieve pain and other symptoms causing discomfort. They will also receive a great deal of love, care and skilled attention from trained medical, nursing and support staff. Hospice patients can be any age, from a tiny baby to the very old.

A hospice cannot claim to extend life, but it can certainly improve the quality of life for each patient, so that each day can be lived to the full.

The regions' hospices provide a range of holistic services and programmes to meet the physical, psychological, spiritual and cultural needs of patients and their families and whanau.

Referrals and access to care
Referrals can come from GPs and other health providers or through self referral.

Nelson Tasman Region Hospice

Services include:

  • home care
  • 24-hour telephone service
  • inpatient care in the hospice unit
  • palliative care outpatient clinic
  • family support; palliative care liaison nurse
  • social worker and counsellor
  • spiritual support
  • bereavement care
  • children’s bereavement support
  • library and information services.
These services are provided from the hospice inpatient unit on Suffolk Road in Stoke. There are services based in rural areas also. The trust is partially funded by Nelson Marlborough Health and the remainder of the funding is raised within the community.

Nelson Tasman Region Hospice:
331 Suffolk Rd
Nelson 7011
Phone: (03) 546 3950

Hospice Marlborough

The Marlborough Hospice Trust and the Salvation Army have established a stand-alone hospice facility in Marlborough. The purpose-built facility was officially opened in November 2003 with the Salvation Army contracted to provide palliative care.

This service is partially funded by Nelson Marlborough Health and the remainder of the funding is raised within the community.
Hospice Marlborough
P.O Box 46,
2, Hospital Road,
Phone: (03) 578 9492
Fax: (03) 578 9493
Services provided include:
  • Referral procedure
  • Assessment visit
  • Care at home
  • Community palliative care nursing team
  • 24 Hour telephone advice service
  • Hospice Marlborough inpatient unit
  • Palliative care clinic
  • Day programme
  • Social work support
  • Whanau Ora service
  • Spiritual support and care
  • Biography and letter writing service
  • Bereavement care.