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Oakhaven Hospice Claimed

Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington, SO41 8ZZ

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Oakhaven Hospice

Hospice in Lymington and at home, serving the New Forest, Totton and Waterside

Oakhaven Hospice provides free-of-charge care and support for patients with life-limiting illnesses and families, both in the hospice in Lymington and at homes throughout the New Forest, Totton and Waterside communities.

Oakhaven Wellbeing at the Coates Centre

If you are affected by a life-limiting illness, are a carer or are living with a loss or bereavement, the Coates Centre at Oakhaven Hospice offers a haven to meet and share with others who understand what you are going through; where you can find support to help you cope with everyday challenges.

You do not need a health care referral to come along to the Coates Centre and enjoy the welcoming space. Open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm (closed Bank holidays) and run by trained volunteers, it is a hub of activities, with drop-in sessions, courses and activities.

Trained volunteers will welcome and guide you to information, offering support along with a cuppa and slice of cake via the drop-in ‘Hub’ at the Coates Centre. You can visit whenever you wish during opening hours – call in for a drink and chat, you may want to join in with a support group or if you feel you can take part in one of the wellbeing activities, or just simply sit and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Find out more by visiting www.oakhavenhospice.co.uk/wellbeing

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Support, comfort and outstanding care

Surely everyone locally is aware of Oakhaven Hospice and the amazing support, comfort and and outstanding care it offers to the New Forest community: to those who face death from illness which can strike cruelly at any time of life, seemingly indiscriminately picking not just on the elderly but also the very young and people in their prime.

“When I got my diagnosis my world fell apart. Oakhaven became my sanctuary.”

“Hospice” care means much more than just the hospice 

Patients and their families are looked after in a variety of settings: the in-patient unit, the day hospice, in the community and at Lymington New Forest Hospital.

For example whilst there are ten physical beds in the wonderful hospice itself, in total there are over 300 beds at Oakhaven: the community team are looking after many more people in their own homes.

Oakhaven’s geographical coverage reaches out from Lymington to Barton on Sea and New Milton in the west, up through Sway and Brockenhurst, across to Lyndhurst and Ashurst, and also Totton and Waterside.

The community teams, with all nurses trained in palliative and end-of-life care, bring the hospice to peoples' bedsides: bringing appropriate pain relief and warm, comforting, calm care for those who prefer or for whom it’s more practical to stay at home.

If you would like to discuss whether you or a loved one may be eligible for a referral to Oakhaven you are welcome to telephone the patients' enquiry number on 01590 670346.

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Everyone touched by Oakhaven feels its embrace

When you visit the hospice you immediately feel its enveloping embrace, from the welcome by the friendly people at Reception to the happy busy buzz which emanates from everybody you meet.  

It’s not the years in your life that matter - but the life in your years

In the words of committed Oakhaven fundraiser, Events Manager Melanie Stone:

“Everybody knows the reality, but we make sure it's not about that. It’s about making the last weeks and days happy, enjoyable, pain-free, supportive, caring and compassionate – like an envelope, a bubble, in which the time left can be preciously spent with loved ones, creating positive memories for those left behind to treasure.”

“It’s so hard to explain it, and you can’t really understand it until you actually experience it.  But that’s why we work here, that’s why we fundraise, that’s why the community want to fundraise too."

Fundraising: every penny counts, because every moment matters

oakhaven hospice family fun day 2019 5All care offered to patients is provided free of charge.

Many people know that only a small percentage of Oakhaven’s running costs are paid for by government funding and that it relies for all the rest on its fundraising activities and charity shops.   

Yet whilst the sums involved are enormous, Oakhaven’s high local profile tends to lull people into the assumption that the fundraised funds always flow. The reality is an enormous challenge to maintain this wonderful facility for our community, and it’s only thanks to a veritable army of volunteers that it continues to do so.  

As Mel says: “If you’re putting on a gala ball and hoping to raise thousands, or you’re a member of Barton on Sea Golf Club who pays an extra £75 for a charity round when you could have played for “free”, or you’re five years old and you raise £10 with a lemonade stand - it all counts, every penny counts, and that’s how we do it, year after year.”

The annual Oakhaven Family Fun Fundraising Day in June is a fantastic coming together of families whose lives have been touched over the years by Oakhaven  - a happy occasion whilst remembering loved ones who are still missed.  It's an enormous feat of the organisation but many volunteers make lighter work and are very much appreciated. 

For information about how you can get involved in fundraising efforts visit the Oakhaven Fundraising Page 

Follow Oakhaven on Facebook to appreciate the depth of its following

If you scroll down Oakhaven's Facebook Page you will likely, like us, be overwhelmed by all the wonderful testimonials and testaments to the dedication of the Oakhaven staff.oakhaven hospice family fun day 2019 3

“A little piece of heaven on earth. The care, dedication and support shown by all the nursing staff, care team, catering, cleaners, helpers and volunteers is wonderful to see. During the five days, we spent at Oakhaven Hospice, it was clear that everyone is very passionate about the work they do. We need to support them in every way possible and we will be fundraising this year in memory of my wonderful husband.”

There are many more fabulous photos on the Facebook page too of the 2019 Family Fun Day, from which some of the pictures on this page were taken.

On Father’s Day Oakhaven posted a simple message of appreciation for dads and grandads remembered. The comments which flowed that day say it all.  Here is just a couple.

"Your care for my dad and for us as a family transformed the time around his death from traumatic to peaceful. I can never thank you enough."

"My Dad and I were blessed he spent his last days with you, thank you."

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Key telephone numbers

Patient Enquiries: 24 hr 01590 670346
Administration: (Mon-Fri 9-5) 01590 613025
Fundraising: (Mon-Fri 9-5): 01590 677773
Volunteer Services: (Mon-Fri 9-5): 01590 646447
Oakhaven Wellbeing at the Coates Centre: (Mon-Fri 10-4) 01590 613028

Map Location

Hosted events

  •  Lymington
    12 May 2024 - 30 November 2024
    Type: Exhibitions, Activities & Long Running Events
    Join the Oakhaven Business Enterprise Challenge 2024. The objective is for businesses to raise enough money between them to fund a specialist nurse for a whole year. Can your business turn £100 into £1000s and help fund an Oakhaven nurse?
  •  Barton on Sea
    17 July 2024
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Enjoy a fantastic Golf Day playing 18 holes at Barton on Sea Golf Club on Wednesday 17th July, competing for the Oakhaven Charity Bowl, and raising money to help Oakhaven Hospice support those facing life-limiting illnesses.
  •  Lymington
    17 July 2024 , 10:00 until 11:30
    10:00 - 11:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Join our workshop on sleep management. Evaluate your current sleep habits, explore natural remedies and discover techniques for better rest and increased energy. Discover new ways to improve your sleep pattern and take away an aromatherapy gift.
  •  Lymington
    18 July 2024 , 10:30 until 12:00
    10:30 - 12:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    If you and your loved one are affected by a dementia diagnosis, you are both welcome to come along to this relaxed and friendly group facilitated by Cynthia Doughty from BonHomie and Oakhaven's volunteers. Thursdays 10.30 am-12 noon.
  •  Lymington
    8 August 2024
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    Networking drinks at Moore Barlow in Lymington
  •  Lyndhurst
    13 August 2024 , 14:00 until 16:00
    14:00 - 16:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    We have organised a series of free Write A Will 'drop-in' question and answer sessions in your community during August. This is a great opportunity for you to speak to qualified professionals about making or updating your will.
  •  Southampton
    14 August 2024 , 14:00 until 16:00
    14:00 - 16:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    We have organised a series of free Write A Will 'drop-in' question and answer sessions in your community during August. This is a great opportunity for you to speak to qualified professionals about making or updating your will.
  •  New Milton
    15 August 2024 , 10:00 until 12:30
    10:00 - 12:30
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    We have organised a series of free Write A Will 'drop-in' question and answer sessions in your community during August. This is a great opportunity for you to speak to qualified professionals about making or updating your will.
  •  Lymington
    16 August 2024 , 09:30 until 12:00
    09:30 - 12:00
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    We have organised a series of free Write A Will 'drop-in' question and answer sessions in your community during August. This is a great opportunity for you to speak to qualified professionals about making or updating your will.
  •  Lymington
    19 August 2024 - 30 September 2024
    Type: One-off & Regular Events
    This September, Oakhaven has teamed up with local solicitors and estate planners who will waive their usual will writing fee in return for a donation to Oakhaven Hospice.

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