change text size here:

Tel: +44 (0)1892 863637

Burrswood
Groombridge
Tunbridge Wells
Kent, TN3 9PY
The staff have been exceptional during my stay - their loving kindness made it possible for me to relax and leave anxiety behind

End of life care with Burrswood

Burrswood offers short term palliative care for those whose condition is stable. A safe and beautiful environment where people can receive skilled whole person care for a wide variety of conditions.

  • Short term palliative respite breaks
  • Resident Chaplains
  • An environment offering beauty, comfort and hope where medical expertise joins with love and prayer
  • Every effort to enable people to live life as fully as possible
  • Guest House adjoining for visitors to stay

Please click here for information about How to Book. 


The philosophy of palliative care at Burrswood

The World Health Organisation (1990) defines Palliative Care as the active total care of patients whose disease is no longer responsive to curative treatment.

The care we offer at Burrswood is shaped within the context of the belief that every human life is sacred, and that life is a gift from God.  We do not, therefore, feel it is acceptable to actively take away a life that God has created.

Our aim is to provide relief from suffering and pain, whether physical, psychological or spiritual.  Our goal is to achieve the best quality of life for our patients and their families.  This is through the close working of our interdisciplinary team, involving Nurses, Doctors, Counsellors, Chaplains and Physiotherapists.

Thus, our Palliative Care:-

  • Provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • Intends neither to hasten or postpone death, thus affirming life and regarding dying as a normal process
  • Integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of care
  • Offers support to help the family cope during the patient's illness and in their own bereavement

Burrswood has adopted the new End of Life Care patient charter drawn up by the Royal College of Nursing together with the Royal College of General Practitioners and no longer follows the Liverpool Care Pathway guidelines, in line with good practice guidelines.

 
End of Life Care Patient Charter - A charter for the care of people who are nearing the end of their life.
“You matter because you are you, you matter to the last moment of your life and we will do all we can, not only to let you die peacefully, but to help you live until you die” Dame Cicely Saunders.
We want to offer people who are nearing the end of their life the highest quality of care and support. We wish to help you live as well as you can, for as long as you can. Therefore, if and when you want us to, we will:
• Listen to your wishes about the remainder of your life, including your final days and hours, answer as best we can any questions that you have and provide you with the information that you feel you need.
• Help you think ahead so as to identify the choices that you may face, assist you to record your decisions and do our best to ensure that your wishes are fulfilled, wherever possible, by all those who offer you care and support.
• Talk with you and the people who are important to you about your future needs. We will do this as often as you feel the need, so that you can all understand and prepare for everything that is likely to happen.
• Endeavour to ensure clear written communication of your needs and wishes to those who offer you care and support both within and outside of our surgery hours.
• Do our utmost to ensure that your remaining days and nights are as comfortable as possible, and that you receive all the particular specialist care and emotional and spiritual support that you need.
• Do all we can to help you preserve your independence, dignity and sense of personal control throughout the course of your illness.
• Support the people who are important to you, both as you approach the end of your life and during their bereavement.
 

How is it from the family's perspective?

"I am writing to express me and my family’s deepest gratitude for the wonderful palliative care and compassion given by everyone at Burrswood to my late husband in the final days of his life. The medical and nursing care were excellent. Everyone was unfailing kind and caring and I cannot recommend Burrswood highly enough. All those who came to say their goodbyes were very impressed by both the care and ethos of Burrswood."

Events Diary

upcoming exciting events

We run a variety of events both at Burrswood and at local sites. Updates of recent events can be seen on our News page.

The following events are planned for this year. Check for new events and updates!