One of London’s first NHS hospices, Meadow House opened in the grounds of Ealing Hospital in 1987. It provides specialist palliative care services to the residents of Ealing and Hounslow.
Made up of a 15 bed inpatient unit and an active day hospice, patients are admitted to Meadow House Hospice in order to manage their symptoms, including pain control, to undergo planned respite care and end of life care.
Lead Clinician Dr Jane Cowap said: “Although the majority of our patients have a cancer diagnosis, we care for an increasing number of patients who have non-malignant diseases such as heart disease and dementia.
“Our aim is to help each patient maximise the benefits of their treatment and to help them and their families cope with the effects of the disease.”
Meadow House Hospice also has a team of clinical nurse specialists and other professionals, who support patients in their own homes. Dr Cowap added: “We know that given the choice, most people prefer to be cared for in their own homes. Members of our team care for patients in their own homes helping them to remain in their own environment and, if possible, avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions.”
While Meadow House Hospice receives funding from the NHS, it relies on donations and fundraisers to bring in extra money.
Voluntary Services Manager Lynne May, who has worked at the hospice for seven years, said: “It’s not just about the care we provide at Meadow House Hospice. It’s also about the extras that we give that are not funded by the NHS.
“We are very privileged to have the support of many local individuals and businesses whose kind and generous fundraising is an invaluable support to our staff and patients. Historically this money has been used to provide such things as complementary therapies and upgrades to the patients’ TV system.”
The hospice also has more than 30 volunteers who work in a number of roles, from spending time with patients, serving lunch and snacks and supporting the bereavement service. Lynne added: “We have a fantastic team of dedicated volunteers who donate their time to the hospice. Their contribution and commitment cannot be underestimated and we are so fortunate to have them.”
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History of Meadow House Hospice
1987: Meadow House Hospice opened on the site of an old infectious diseases ward at Ealing Hospital
1994: The hospice became part of West London Healthcare NHS Trust with the remit of providing care solely for Ealing residents
1995: Meadow House Hospice launched an appeal to raise £1.2 million for refurbishments and the construction of a new building
1996: Refurbishments were completed and once reopened the Meadow House Hospice was available to both Hounslow and Ealing residents
1998: A day hospice was opened on site thanks to funding from the Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow Health Authority and a large legacy donation
1999: Meadow House Hospice became part of Hounslow and Spelthorne Community and Mental Health NHS Trust
2001: A conservatory was added to the hospice and a total refurbishment of the in-patient unit began (which was completed in 2002)
2011: An Information Centre opened onsite offering practical help and support, as well as spiritual support for patients and their families
2014: Meadow House Hospice became part of London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
2017: Meadow House Hospice celebrated its 30th birthday