Forest Holme Hospice
Forest Holme is a purpose-built
specialist palliative care unit which is part of Poole
The unit is situated a short distance from the main hospital and
offers a tranquil setting for the care of patients and their
families. It has facilities for outpatients, specialist nurses
working both within the community and in the hospital, counselling support , fundraising,
Lymphoedema and teaching with 12 beds for inpatients on
the ground floor.
It deals especially with the physical and psychological comfort
of patients with complex needs and also provides support and advice
to carers, family and friends.
Forest Holme takes its name from the Victorian house that
originally stood on the site. The unit was dedicated by the late
Roy Castle OBE on 3 July 1993, and was officially opened by the
Lady Romsey on 9 January 1995.
Our philosophy is to provide a welcoming, safe
environment which makes excellent care available to people with serious illnesses, and to
provide support to their families.
The care is individually tailored to meet the
physical, psychological and spiritual needs of all those coming
into contact with staff based at Forest Holme, in order that all
kinds of distress be reduced to a minimum.
Care is given by a courteous and appropriately
qualified team of doctors, nurses and other staff.
We aim to restore as much choice and control
to individuals themselves as is feasible within the constraints of
Download the palliative care handbook
We welcome referrals from GPs, hospital doctors, ward staff and
community nurses. We would always expect referrals to have
been discussed with the individual.
If you wish you can refer yourself to the
service. We encourage you to speak to your doctor or nurse if you
would like to be seen by the palliative care team.
Referrals can be made by letter or telephone,
or can be made on one of our referral forms.
If the referral is urgent we encourage you to phone or fax.
Download palliative care referral form
Our catchment area
Our normal catchment area is Poole, Wimborne and the Purbecks.
Elsewhere in Dorset, similar services are provided through the
Macmillan Unit in Christchurch for those living in Bournemouth,
Ferndown and surrounding areas, and by Weldmar Hospicecare Trust
for residents of North and West Dorset.
Where we are
Forest Holme is located on Seldown Road, a few minutes' walk
away from the main Poole Hospital building. Our full address
5 Seldown Road
Click here for a map of Poole Hospital showing Forest
Forest Holme has its own small car park but parking is very
limited. We would ask you to be considerate of the needs of others,
and to encourage friends to park in one of the nearby
pay-and-display car parks at the hospital or the swimming pool, so
that close family members can park on site.
Both the rail station and the bus station are within walking
distance for the reasonably fit: allow about five minutes to walk
up Seldown Lane if you are coming by bus and an extra five minutes
if you are travelling by train.
The front door of Forest Holme is usually kept locked for
security reasons so when you arrive please ring the door bell and
someone will let you in.