Children’s Hospice South West provide care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West. The care they offer is wide ranging; respite and short breaks, emergency care, palliative care and end of life care. They operate three hospices; Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset and Little Harbour in mid Cornwall. Some families may use the hospice for many years, from the time the child is first diagnosed as having an incurable condition which will mean they will die in childhood. The whole family can stay at their hospices, and with a dedicated sibling support service available, this means that the well brothers and sisters can be cared for during their visit and enjoy spending time with other children in similar situations to their own. The support they give extends to the whole family, into bereavement and beyond for as long as each family needs them. With more than one thousand life-limited children across the South West, their support for families is absolutely vital.
Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) are absolutely committed to making the most of short and precious lives. The care offered at each of their hospices is not simply about medical and nursing care for sick children, but about enriching the lives of children and their families. Families talk about the ‘treasure chest’ of precious memories they build to carry into the future… a future which will, sadly, be without their much loved child or children. Children’s Hospice South West are regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC is an independent regulator of health and adult social care in England with an aim to improve and maintain better standards of care.