Gully’s Place - Childrens Palliative Care Team - Poole Hospital N.H.S.

The purpose of the Children’s Palliative Care Team is to support Children, Young People and their families along their palliative journey from diagnosis, to the approach to end of life and bereavement care. We take referrals from other professionals for palliative children and young people from diagnosis. We support professionals and teams around the child managing patients with palliative care needs in hospital and all community settings. We support families along their palliative journey and develop Advanced Care Plans centred around the child/young person/families wishes during life, symptom management, wishes at end of life. We lead end of life care for the palliative neonate/child/young person in the place of families’ choice, in Hospital, (Gully’s Place) hospice or home.


Venue address
Poole Hospital Longfleet Road
BH15 2JB
East Dorset


Opening times
Mon: 09:00-17:00
Tue: 09:00-17:00
Wed: 09:00-17:00
Thu: 09:00-17:00
Fri: 09:00-17:00

Service Details

Cost variations
Gully’s Place Trust Fund (registered under Poole Hospital Charity) provides any family resources for Gully’s Place that are above and beyond NHS provision.
Additional Information
Gully’s Place (Children’s Palliative Care Team) is available in East Dorset and anyone living within the BH postcode or have registered with a GP within the BH postcode. The Children’s Palliative Care team provide an agreed out of hours service for individual children receiving End of Life care at home or in Gully’s Place and an out of hours answer machine service - 01202 448383. Gully’s Place is a secluded private space on the Children’s Unit at Poole hospital, consisting of 3 furnished areas to accommodate families and their children who require palliative or End of Life Care. It provides the family with choices in care from diagnosis to death and beyond in hospital at home, or other community setting. The area is used in the following circumstances: • For a child/family who have chosen to be in hospital in the terminal stages of illness, rather than at home or hospice; • For a child who has sudden unpredictable deterioration and may need end of life care; • In cases where there has been a sudden death. Gully’s Place will provide a private, comfortable place for families to spend time with their child; and the conduct of police interviews as required. • For complex palliative children getting ready to go home after a hospital admission, where the family can stay with the child until they are confident to go home. Gully’s Place also offers bereavement support to parents across the whole of Dorset whose child has died under the age of 25 years at the time of death. Regardless of the type and circumstances of the death.
Referral information
The child and family must live within East Dorset (Address in a BH Postcode). Medical leads for the neonate/child/young person must refer in writing. If the referral is for End of Life Care this can be done urgently by telephone and followed up in writing later. In this instance if the family choose End of Life Care at home – they may be admitted to Gully’s Place for a short period whilst care pathways are set up at home. • The children’s community nursing team / senior inpatient nurse may highlight a need for referral in liaison with medical team and lead palliative care nurse. Please note, if in doubt the lead palliative care nurse is a valuable resource and is available to discuss any patient. Referrals to Gully’s Place Parent Group are made automatically for all deaths via the Child Death review process. However parents can refer themselves by contacting the Children’s Palliative Nurse particularly if they have just moved into the area. The group is facilitated by Paediatric NHS professionals and the group meet every three months. There is also an annual remembrance service and a closed facebook Gully’s Place Parent bereavement group.
Age Range Details
0 to 16 years. From 16 to 18 years the young person’s prognosis should be taken into consideration in deciding whether care will best be provided by the children’s palliative and end of life care team (If end of life care is likely to be prior to 18yrs) or whether transition to adult palliative care services should be considered at this stage
Age Range
0 years 0 months to 18 years 0 months


Wheelchair accessible
Fully wheelchair accessible.
Parking availability information
Disabled parking pay and parking nearby.
Toilet facility information
Fully accessible.
Other Facilities
Gullys Place child’s bedroom has specialist sensory lighting.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Local Offer

Support for children and young people with SEN and disabilities
Our unit is fully accessible for children and young people with disabilities. The team consists of Paediatrician’s and Lead Nurse with specialist knowledge in palliative and end of life care who work closely with the team around the child. Appropriate and relevant training is undertaken by all professional staff. The Children's Palliative Team offer an active and total approach to care, from the point of diagnosis or recognition, throughout the child’s life, death and beyond. It embraces physical, emotional, social and spiritual elements and focuses on the enhancement of quality of life for the child or young person and support for the family. It includes the management of distressing symptoms, and care through death and bereavement. Contact Sue Whitney on 01202 665511 or email for information and guidance.

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Address: Poole Hospital  Longfleet Road  Poole  Dorset

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