Care in the hospice

24/7 specialist care in a friendly, uplifting environment.

At Martlets we know that care isn’t ‘one size fits all’. That’s why we treat everyone as an individual and take the time to understand their needs. 

As well as providing expert care, we also think about the things that are important to you – that could mean bringing your pet to visit you at the hospice, having Christmas in July or hanging a poster of your favourite football team above your bed. Many of our patients call us their ‘home-from-home’. 

About our inpatient unit 

Martlets has 18 beds in total – two shared rooms (each housing four beds), eight single rooms, and two larger rooms where a loved one can stay with you if you wish. Every room has doors that open out onto our beautiful garden. There are quiet areas and lounges where you can relax with a book or chat with friends and family. You’ll have a choice of delicious meals every day – cooked by our in-house chefs. The hospice also has a rehabilitation gym, a jacuzzi bath, a pamper suite where you can have your hair cut, a multi-faith sanctuary and even a resident cat. 

Who will be caring for me? 

Martlets’ inpatient unit has a dedicated team of specialist doctors and nurses. 

Our in-house physiotherapist and occupational therapist are there to help with your mobility, and our team of counsellors, social workers and chaplain are on hand if you need to talk. You’ll also find many skilled volunteers who are involved in everything from serving tea and arranging flowers to counselling, hairdressing and complementary therapies.

How should I prepare for my stay? 

Before your stay a senior nurse on the ward will call you and go through what you need to bring. They’ll be able to answer any questions you might have and address any of your concerns. 

How long will I be there for? 

For as long as you need to remain at the hospice. Some people spend their final weeks here, but around half of our patients will go home once they’ve regained control of their symptoms. People often stay with us for a couple of weeks, feel much better, and then return home. 

What about my partner/family/friends? 

We make every effort to ensure the people you love feel at home too. There are few restrictions on visiting hours – day or night. We do like to have protected meal times between 12.15pm and 1.45pm to allow for some quiet time. 

Who can use the hospice? 

Our care is free to people who are over 18 and live in Brighton and Hove, the Deans or the Havens (see map). We’re here to provide care, compassion and support for people with most terminal illnesses such as cancer, heart conditions or neurological illnesses such as motor neurone disease. 

How can I be referred to Martlets? 

Your GP, consultant specialist at the hospital, palliative care team or district nurse can refer you to Martlets. 


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Discharge buddies

When patients are discharged from our inpatient unit many report feeling quite vulnerable. Our Volunteer Discharge Buddy Service aims to help patients feel more secure as they return home by:  

  • Maintaining patient safety  
  • Restoring confidence and independence for patients and family members  
  • Supporting the community teams  
  • Preventing unnecessary re-admissions  

My discharge buddy and the live-in carer worked together to make it as easy for me as they could. I loved being at home again, but couldn't have done it on my own. The discharge buddy gave my carer the confidence to sort things out for me - like prescriptions and appointments, so I didn't have to worry.