For a child to be admitted to Bear Cottage they must be under 18 years and have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. By life-limiting we mean, that the child will not survive into their adult years. Referrals can be made by anyone involved with the child and family, including medical officers, community nurses, social workers or the family themselves.
Emergency referrals can be made at anytime by contacting the Nursing Unit Manager or after hours through the nurse in charge. Children requiring end of life care will be given immediate priority & admission can be arranged within hours if needed.
Admissions will be given priority according to the following criteria: