Gully’s Place Suites

The 2 Gully’s Place Suites are purpose-designed spaces, located at the far end of the children’s unit in Poole Hospital and on the Kingfisher Ward in Dorset County Hospital.

The suites are one bedroom with en-suite facilities, a spacious lounge area with TV and private tea and coffee making facilities, and a separate bedroom with pull-out sofas for family and extended family to use.

The aim of the suites is to provide privacy and dignity for our patients and their families, and it is used in the following situations:

  • For patients requiring palliative and end-of-life care 
  • For a child/young person and their family who decide to remain in hospital during the terminal stages of illness
  • For a child/young person and their family who do not have time to go home as death is imminent
  • In cases where there has been a sudden death of a child or young person in the community, in the emergency department or on the children’s unit, the child is brought to Gully’s Place. This provides a comfortable and appropriate environment for the family to be with their child and provide privacy in coroner’s cases,where police interviews may be necessary
  • As a transition to home area for children with complex health needs
  • To provide a quiet and relaxed environment for children with severe autism, who can become very anxious in hospital
  • As a private space for staff to use when breaking bad news to families, where families can take the time they need to absorb the news and explore options

Alongside specialist end-of-life care, provision is made for families to make and retain memories, photos of their child,locks of hair and memory boxes.

The suites are funded purely from donations to our Gully Place Trust Fund, its takes over £30,000 to run the suites every year.