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Gully’s Place Trust Fund has been developed under Poole Hospital Charity to support children’s palliative care across Dorset from diagnosis to death, in hospital, at home and beyond.

Across Dorset, there are around 400 infants, children and young people with a life-limiting or life-threatening illness.

Gully’s Place Trust Fund supports these children and their families from diagnosis to death, including bereavement support.
There are 2 Gully’s Place Suites one at Poole Hospital and a new opened suite at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester. Each provides children and their families with a comfortable and calm environment, with access to support as it is needed. The Gully’s Place Trust Fund aims to extend that support and recreate the Gully’s Place environment wherever care is needed, be it in hospital, at home or elsewhere.

The main aim of Gullys Place 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.

Helen Parker,
senior sister
Phone: 01202 448276

Mairead Farrell
Children’s palliative nurse
Phone: 01305 254260


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