Respite care Giving carers a break when they need it. If you need to go to the shops, take a holiday, or simply get a full night’s sleep, our experienced carers can take care of your loved one – giving you a bit of time for yourself. Martlets respite care can be anything from a couple of hours once a week to overnight stays. Your carer will come to your home, sit and chat with your loved one, help with personal care and prepare a light meal if needed. If you need a longer break, there’s also the option of having up to five days respite care through our in-patient unit at Martlets hospice. Who can use this service? Martlets respite care is available to people who are over 18 and who's GP surgery is based in Brighton & Hove, the Deans or the Havens. Please see the below map for our service area.To use this service you will need to be referred by a district nurse, your GP, a specialist nurse, social services or your consultant at the hospital. You may also be able to self-refer if the person you care for is already a Martlets outpatient. Contact us for more information on 01273 273400.