How to refer - East Cheshire Hospice

How to refer

Referring someone to the Hospice

We understand why people are fearful of approaching their local Hospice, but this makes it difficult for us to get across how much we can help, and how much we would like to be able to help.

From the point of a terminal diagnosis onwards, East Cheshire Hospice has a wide range of treatments, advice, therapies and support available. As a patient or carer, you don’t have to struggle on your own – and as a healthcare professional, you don’t have to allow your patients and their families to go unsupported on what can be a life-changing journey.

Our help and resources are all available free of charge, but this is only possible because as a charity we receive more than 80% of our required funding from the communities we serve.

Here’s how

For the Hospice to work out how best we can help, it’s extremely useful for us to understand the patient’s current condition, their circumstances and where they are being cared for at this time.

If you are using the Referral Form to introduce yourself to us, please be aware that the Hospice does need the consent of your GP or primary healthcare provider, eg – your Macmillan nurse, to be able to start your care with us (Download of the referral form available below). Understandably, we’re asking for quite a lot of medical information at first to quickly understand your needs, so when you look at the form, you may decide to ask your GP/primary healthcare provider to complete it on your behalf.

To refer yourself/your patient, please fill in our Referral Form (available to download below) with as much information as you can and send it back to the relevant email address below;

Services email addresses:

We will contact you directly to discuss the next steps

The Referral Form covers all the services of the Hospice, whether based in the Inpatient Unit or the Sunflower Wellbeing Centre outpatient and therapy facility. If you have any queries at all about referring yourself or your patient, please contact our Patient Services Lead on 01625 610364.

We’re here to make your/your patient’s introduction to the Hospice as smooth and stress-free as possible, and we look forward to finding out how we can help.

Other referrals

Community Dementia Companion Service

If you would like to access the Community Dementia Companion Service, then you can take a look at the Referral Criteria and Process download below.

Befriending Community Support

Our ‘befrienders’ can provide flexible support to people in the last year of their life (Ideally, but not necessarily, on the Gold Standard Framework), and their carers – usually visiting for an hour or two once a week, with the possibility to do more if needed. It’s primarily aimed at social contact for isolated people, but we may be able to provide practical tasks like shopping and lifts on occasion. Health and social care professionals can contact, or refer directly by completing the online form here.


Self-referral is available for some of our services, such as Respite Care, MND Wellbeing, and some Sunflower Living Well Centre services. Patients and carers can complete the referral form via the link below to access these services.


How to donate to East Cheshire Hospice

Thank you so much for choosing to support East Cheshire Hospice. You may never know how much your gift means, but we know that it will make the world of difference to our patients and their families.