Death isn’t unique, but you are

Our mission is reaching out to transform end of life care for the people of Eastbourne, Seaford, Hailsham, Uckfield, Heathfield and all the points in between.

St Wilfrid's Hospice was opened in 1982 in Mill Gap Road in Eastbourne when outpatients visited once a week for tea. In 1983 the hospice accepted its first inpatients and in 2013 it moved to the purpose-built building on Broadwater Way, equipped with a 20-bed Inpatient Unit and Wellbeing Centre. 

We provide specialist care for people with any progressive, advanced life-limiting illness. Referrals are made by the patient's GP or other healthcare professionals and care is delivered by a team that includes consultants in palliative medicine, specialist nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, counsellors and social workers.

Our mission over the next five years is to reach out and transform end of life care for more people in our catchment area, see below.

We want to see a community where people talk openly about dying, live well until the end of their life and where nobody dies alone, afraid or in pain. 

If you would like to make a comment or ask a question, please call 01323 434200 or email us at [email protected]

Our catchment area

We serve a population of 235,000 people in Eastbourne, Pevensey, Seaford, Heathfield, Uckfield, and all points in between. This covers an area of around 300 square miles. 

Our goal is to keep reaching out to all those at the end of their lives and to bring our services 'closer to you'. Last year, we supported over 1,500 people through our Inpatient Unit, Hospice at Home service, Wellbeing and Therapy teams and 24/7 Nurse Line, which took over 11,000 calls. Reaching people where they need help is central to our rehabilitative approach.

Our gardens

Central to our hospice's rehabilitative approach is the design of our building and grounds, located in the heart of our community in Eastbourne. St Wilfrid's Hospice aims to provide a calm, beautiful and peaceful place with gardens to the front and rear of the building, green corridors stretching either side and a private courtyard for patients and their families. The hospice gardens are a source of ingredients for our in-house catering team, who use herbs and vegetables grown in the garden during the spring and summer months.

The gardens are mostly open to the public although some are for patient-use only.

Please ask a member of staff or a volunteer if you are unsure where you can visit.