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Gully's Place Suite

Gully's Place Suite bedroomGully’s Place Suite is a purpose-designed space, located at the far end of the children’s unit in Poole Hospital.

It has one bedroom with en-suite facilities, a spacious lounge area with TV and private tea and coffee making facilities, and a separate bedroom with pull-out sofas for family and extended family to use.

The aim of the suite is to provide privacy and dignity for our
patients and their families, and it is used in the following

  • For patients requiring palliative and end-of-life care
  • For a child/young person and their family who decide
    to remain in hospital during the terminal stages of
  • For a child/young person and their family who do not
    have time to go home as death is imminent
  • In cases where there has been a sudden death of a child
    or young person in the community, in the emergency
    department or on the children’s unit, the child is
    brought to Gully’s Place. This provides a comfortable
    and appropriate environment for the family to be
    with their child and provide privacy in coroner’s cases,
    where police interviews may be necessary
  • As a transition to home area for children with complex
    health needs
  • To provide a quiet and relaxed environment for
    children with severe autism, who can become very
    anxious in hospital
  • As a private space for staff to use when breaking bad
    news to families, where families can take the time they
    need to absorb the news and explore options

Alongside specialist end-of-life care, provision is made for
families to make and retain memories, photos of their child,
locks of hair and memory boxes.

This is the model that we are aiming to develop in Dorset
County Hospital Foundation Trust so we can achieve our
goal of embracing all palliative children and young people
across Dorset.Gully's Place provides an open and supportive environment for children and those who care for them.

To find out more about Gully's Place Trust Fund, follow this link.


Gully's Place Suite seating area

The quiet room in Gully's Place Suite at Poole Hospital

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Contact us

Helen Parker,
senior sister
01202 448276

Mairead Farrell
Children's palliative nurse
01305 254260

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Longfleet Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2JB. Tel: 01202 665511

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