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Bruce McColl

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Inpatient Services

For patients whose needs are complex or whose families need respite, admission to the hospice in-patient unit in Dunedin may be necessary. Most patients on the Hospice programme never need to be admitted to our inpatient unit and are able to be cared for entirely in their own environment. Other people may be admitted to the inpatient unit and discharged many times for example, patients may have brief stays in the Unit for symptom management or to provide respite for family. Patients have often talked with their family about where they want to die, if that is the hospice this is something we work with them to achieve.

About our Inpatient Unit

We have nine spacious single rooms which each look out to our beautiful gardens and Lindsay's Creek. Each room has its own ensuite bathroom, as well as a television, CD/DVD player.

We care for the whole person. Not just their physical needs, but also their emotional, spiritual and social needs. Patients in our Inpatient Unit, and their family and friends, are cared for by a team of specialist palliative care doctors and nurses. They also have access to the wider multiprofessional Hospice team which includes psychotherapists, an occupational therapist, a spiritual care worker and a social worker. We can also arrange hairdressing, biography preparation, physiotherapy, spa, massage and aromatherapy.

All patient meals are prepared on site in our fully equipped kitchen where patients' individual tastes are catered for as well as any special diets.

Family and Friends

Family and friends are welcome in our Inpatient Unit and can stay over at the Hospice, either in the patient’s room or in one of our family lounges. We also have a family kitchen and bathroom facilities to make things easier.

If a patient is admitted to our in-patient unit, family and friends from out of town may be able to stay at the Craigs Hospice Foundation House. The house is located over the fence from the Hospice and provides a stable, comfortable place to stay, free of charge.


What matters to you, matters to us and for many people, pets are an important part of life. All pets are welcome at the Otago Community Hospice, either as visitors or overnight guests.

Our aim is to meet the needs of our patients and families and as far as possible we are willing to work together to achieve truly individualised care.