Visiting St Peter & St James Hospice

A ‘sanctuary’ in the heart of Sussex

People often worry that hospices are dark and depressing places, but are always pleasantly surprised when they visit us. In fact, families who stay here or access our services often describe it as a ‘sanctuary’ or ‘home from home’, of which we’re so proud. Here are just some of the unique charms and personal touches that make our hospice such a special place.

The Woodland Walk

Patients, families and visitors often enjoy walking through our private woodland. Evidence suggests that just 15 minutes wandering through trees can decrease stress levels, so it’s wonderful to have such a calming space on our doorstep. Our woodland is particularly beautiful in spring when we’re treated to a vibrant display of hundreds of bluebells!

Dudley and Dylan

Our donkeys, Dudley and Dylan, are a celebration of the hospice’s heritage and inhabit a large paddock opposite the hospice entrance. They bring people great comfort – and entertainment – often coming up to the fence for a stroke or nuzzle, or mischievously throwing their wellies around the field. Recently they’ve been enjoying regular walks too, visiting patients on the ward, which provides families a positive distraction.

Private bedrooms with beautiful views

All of the ward bedrooms are private, meaning people have their own space and can easily welcome family or friends. It means people can make their space homely with photos or special items, host movie nights, share in birthday parties and other celebrations, or enjoy the perfect simplicity of a shared dinner out or quiet space to chat. Each room has beautiful views of the Downs too.

Wildlife

With the hospice being so rural, there’s lots of wildlife to see. You’re very likely to encounter squirrels, rabbits and deer, and we’re in the perfect location for a spot of bird watching!

Personalised, compassionate care

We understand that no two experiences are the same and that people value and prioritise differently. We have the time to get to k now people and listen to their needs and wishes, and our care is tailored to every individual, focussing on the things that matter to them. People often find this reassuring, as it helps them feel respected and in control.

Delicious home-cooked meals

Home-cooked food is one of life’s simplest pleasures, and we’re very passionate about it! Our talented cooks rustle up tasty, nutritious meals every day for patients and their families to enjoy, as well as fresh sandwiches, salads and sweet treats. The team can respond to special requests too.

Come and see for yourself what hospice care is like at our Open House and Garden on Saturday 18th May from 1.30 – 5pm!

Spot birds and butterflies in our Woodland Walk and explore our beautiful hospice grounds. You can also meet our hospice donkeys, learn more about hospice care, and admire stunning local artist exhibits from the diversely talented Attic Art Club and local painter, Jane Allison. There’ll be hospice tours, fun for little ones, a sculpture garden and crafts and plants for sale.

You’ll find us at North Common Road, North Chailey, Lewes, BN8 4ED. Entry by donation.