Julia's House - The Dorset and Wiltshire Children's Hospices

Julia's House - The Dorset and Wiltshire Children's Hospices

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Julia's House - The Dorset and Wiltshire Children's Hospices

Julia’s House Children's Hospices are the only hospices in Dorset and Wiltshire, dedicated to children with life-limiting conditions. We provide regular respite care in our hospice and in children's homes across Dorset and Wiltshire.

Founded 1997

  • Mission statement

    Julia’s House is an award-winning children’s hospice that provides a free specialist respite care service for around 100 children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. Very sadly, the majority of these poorly children are unlikely to live into young adulthood.

    We provide this specialist respite care for children from birth to age 18, and from diagnosis through to the end of a child's life. Unlike many hospices that only provide end-of-life care, we also provide regular respite care throughout each child’s life. This frequent support has immeasurable benefits for the children and their families, who tell us that our support is a lifeline and helps them cope with round-the-clock demands of looking after their very poorly child.

    Our specialist nurses and carers look after these children at our hospice in Corfe Mullen, Dorset, and in the children's homes across Dorset and Wiltshire, wherever is easiest for the child and their family.

    Our care is provided by a dedicated multi-disciplinary team, which includes paediatric nurses and carers, and music, art and play therapists. These care staff all work closely with local GPs, specialist hospital teams, schools and social workers to ensure each child receives a seamless package of support.

    Our support service also extends to the whole family: we provide practical and social support for parents, grandparents and siblings, helping them cope with the 24-hour/day demands of looking after a very poorly child.

  • Aims

    Julia's House - The Dorset and Wiltshire Children's Hospices aims to:

    • Maximise quality of life for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions by providing regular respite care, support in emergencies and end-of-life care.
    • Provide children and their families with the best possible care (we are rated Outstanding by the England's independent healthcare regulator, the Care Quality Commission)
    • Let families choose where they receive respite support - in our Dorset hospice or in their own homes across Dorset and south Wiltshire - wherever they most need our help.
    • Support the whole family, helping siblings, parents and grandparents cope with the emotional, physical and financial strains of looking after a very poorly child.
  • Overview

    Established: June 1997

    Registered Charity Number: 1067125

    Board members: 9

    Full time staff: 42

    Part time staff: 76

    Volunteers: 450

    Phone number: 01202 644220

    Address: Julia's House, Barclays House, 1 Wimborne Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 2BB

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