Lewis-Manning Hospice is a charity in Poole that offers free specialist palliative nursing care to around 650 local people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. The hospice promotes acceptance, hope and peace of mind in a safe and calming environment, helping people live well through their illness and beyond.
It aims to ensure that local people are given access to the support they may need to help them cope with their illness and the changes it may bring.
The hospice moved into a brand new state of the art facility in 2012 at Crichel Mount Road in Lilliput and benefits from stunning views of Poole Harbour. The new building has 15 en-suite bedrooms on the ground floor, all with their own private terrace, offering respite, rehabilitation and end of life care from 2015/2016.
Lewis-Manning has a range of services run by its Doctor and team of specialist palliative care nurses, which include a Day Hospice (specialist nursing care, which also includes creative arts, aromatherapy and other holistic treatments), Lymphoedema Clinic, Breathlessness Clinic and Physiotherapy Clinic.
Lewis-Manning is developing new services all the time and this includes education, support groups for families and carers, as well as a choir.
All of the services offered at Lewis-Manning House are free to patients and their carers. Approximately 20% of funding comes via our contract with NHS Dorset CCG. The remaining £65,000 a month is raised by the hospice through fundraising initiatives, donations, legcies and the hospice shops, although when the hospice opens its beds these costs will double. The support of the local community is vital to the continuation of the hospice and the life changing work that is being done there
The hospice is often known to patients and locals as Lewis-Manning House, as it was precisely that, ‘a house’, and prior to 1992, was a family home.
Lewis-Manning is set in stunning grounds offering panoramic views across Poole harbour. It was owned by the late Marjorie Lewis-Manning, a successful local business woman and dedicated fundraiser who raised £3 million for two body scanners, which are now situated in the ‘Lewis-Manning Scanning Suite’ in Poole Hospital.
Identifying the need for a local day hospice, in the early 1980’s Marjorie began drawing up plans to transform her home into a beautiful hospice providing respite and comfort to local people suffering from cancer. However, in 1987 Marjorie became ill and died before she could see her vision become a reality.
When Marjorie died she left her home in the hands of three trustees dedicated to fulfilling her dream of creating a local hospice where patients would receive the benefits of the treatments and services offered free of charge and in 1992 Lewis-Manning House re-opened its doors to welcome its first day hospice patients.