Inpatient Unit

Te Omanga’s Inpatient Unit (IPU) service is available to patients under the hospice programme who require a level of assessment and symptom control that cannot be managed at home.

If this is the case for you, our Palliative Care team may suggest admission to the Inpatient Unit so that your medications can be adjusted with a view to getting you home to familiar surroundings as soon as possible.

You may also find that you are transferred to our Inpatient Unit from hospital as part of a plan for assessment before going home.

Te Omanga’s Inpatient Unit is staffed by Registered Nurses, Health Care Assistants and volunteers. In the IPU you will receive 24 hour nursing care and will be seen by a Doctor on a daily basis. Family are welcome to stay over but please check with staff first.

We are not able to undertake long term residential care at our Inpatient Unit. We know from experience that visits from our Community Palliative Care team, our 24 hour nursing and medical cover, and arranging intermittent respite care in the most appropriate facility when necessary, enables families to cope.  As a result, most patients are able to remain in their familiar surroundings.

Sometimes however, families do face difficulties coping or you may not have anyone at home to care for you.  In these circumstances, if your condition is stable, we will assist in making arrangements for continuing care in a residential facility.

If you do find yourself in this situation, your options will be thoroughly discussed with you and your family prior to any placement. Be assured – the Te Omanga Hospice team will continue to care for you as though you were in your own home.

If you have been accepted on our hospice programme you are most welcome to come and have a look at the Inpatient Unit, which is located at 136 Woburn Road in Lower Hutt. Our friendly staff will be happy to take you through.  We also welcome feedback.  At Te Omanga, we are always looking for ways to improve our service to you and your family.

List of things someone brings into the IPU:

  • Day and night clothes (please label as we are unable to take responsibility for unnamed clothing)
  • Toiletries
  • All medications

Anything that will make the patient more comfortable whilst in the IPU, such as:

  • Photographs
  • CDs (we do have CD players) or music player
  • Any special food and drink


Visitors must come through the main door, sign in and use hand sanitiser. A NZ COVID Tracer QR code is on the main door.

Please don’t visit our hospice if you are unwell, in self-isolation or quarantine, or have symptoms of cold or flu. If you are unsure, please check with us first on 04 569 7921.

Thank you for helping keep our hospice safe.

For the latest information on COVID-19 please refer to the Ministry of Health website.

Please help us ensure the health, wellbeing and security of everyone who walks through our doors at the hospice by following our Visiting Rules of our Home/Wharenui.