Primrose at the Princess
Primrose at the Princess is a 6-bed inpatient unit at the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bromsgrove. It is run by Worcestershire Health and Care Trust, providing supportive, palliative and terminal care.
Primrose Hospice is an independent charity, which includes a Day Hospice Primrose at Home service and a Family Support service. We therefore do not have our own bedded unit. Our staff provide specialist services to support the Princess of Wales .
About the Unit
Primrose at the Princess creates an environment which allows a specialist medical and nursing team to meet the needs of patients with a life-limiting condition. The unit works in partnership with the Palliative Care Team, GPs, District Nurses, the Alexandra and other hospitals; along with our Primrose at Home Team and other Community services.
For many patients being admitted to a new environment can be a worrying experience. Primrose at the Princess staff aim to provide care and comfort to patients with any life-limiting conditions.
Many people believe that when they are admitted to the Primrose it is for end of life/ terminal care only. Although patients are admitted for end of life care there are other reasons for admission, for example:
- Pain control
- Symptom control
- Reassessment of needs
The unit is patient focussed and there is no routine to the day. Staff empower the patients to state what they wish to do throughout each day. The unit provides a comfortable and relaxed environment for both patients and their families. There are six ensuite bedrooms all with: profiling bed , air coolers, TV with either video or DVD, wall mounted fridge and aCD player.
Palliative care is holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount. The goal is to achieve the best quality of life for patients and their families.
Supportive care helps the patient and their family to cope with their condition and treatment of it – from pre- diagnosis; through the process of diagnosis and treatment, to cure; continuing illness; or death and into bereavement. It helps the patient to maximise the benefits of treatment and to live as well as possible with the effects of their disease. It is given equal priority alongside diagnosis and treatment.
This is care given in the last few days of life, as an alternative to being at home, enabled by our Primrose at Home team, or hospital.
Palliative Care Team
Patients are supported by the Palliative Care Team. This team consists of:
- Consultant in Palliative Medicine
- Community Macmillan Team
- Hospital Macmillan Nurse
- Macmillan Lung Cancer Support Nurse
- Upper GI Support Nurse
- Primrose Day Hospice Staff
- Primrose at the Princess Unit Staff
For more information, please see the leaflet below.