Welcome to Forest Holme Hospice.

Forest Holme Hospice is part of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the town centre across the road from Poole Park, the Hospice is a short distance from the main hospital and offers a peaceful setting for the care of both patients and their families/carers. It is a centre of excellence in the care of people with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

The care and support we give is individually tailored to meet the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of all those coming into contact with staff based at Forest Holme. In order that all kinds of distress are minimised, we aim to restore as much choice and control to individuals as is feasible, within the constraints of their illness. Family members, close friends and carers are also supported, both during a person’s illness and in bereavement.

Our team at Forest Holme is led by three palliative medicine consultants – Dr Saskie Dorman, Dr Amy Pharaoh and Dr Beverley Lee – alongside associate specialist Dr Anna Gajewska.

Palliative care at Forest Holme Hospice is for adults with advanced, progressive serious illness. Our care can be given in a variety of settings: at home, in nursing homes or care homes, in hospital or in Forest Holme itself. Often palliative care can be provided by your GP, hospital team or district nurse, but sometimes problems are more complex and some help from the team at Forest Holme is needed. Therefore, our team will work alongside your usual doctors and nurses to help ensure the best possible care.

We provide palliative and end of life care to over 1,000 local people each year across Poole, Wimborne and the Purbecks. We don’t just look after people with cancer; our expertise extends to other life-limiting illnesses such as Motor Neurone Disease, other neurological conditions, heart failure, renal failure and respiratory illness.

Forest Holme takes its name from the Victorian house that originally stood on the site. The unit was dedicated by the late Roy Castle OBE on 3 July 1993 and was officially opened by the Lady Romsey on 9 January, 1995. Forest Holme Hospice Charity is proud to work with Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to help support the life-enhancing work of Forest Holme Hospice.