Hospice Palliative Care Service


Here to provide specialist palliative care – whether it be physical, emotional, spiritual or social support. Our professional team will do their very best for you when you need them most

Care & support when you need it most

Visiting the Hospice Inpatient Unit 

Visitors are welcome at any time.
Please do not visit if you are feeling unwell to help keep our vulnerable patients safe.
Thank you

About the Hospice Palliative Care Service

Palliative care helps adults and children with a life-limiting illness live their life as fully and comfortably as possible. Palliative care identifies and treats symptoms which may be physical (taha tinana), emotional (taha hinengaro) , spiritual (taha wairua), or social (taha whānau). Family/whānau and friends can also receive practical and emotional support.

The Hospice Service can be contacted 24 hours a day on (03) 375 4274.

Nurse Maude provides a range of specialist hospice palliative care services for those living in Canterbury. All services are free to patients and their families/whanau.

Referrals for specialist palliative care can be made by any health professional. Most patients have their palliative care needs met by primary providers such as district nursing teams and GPs. The Hospice Palliative Care team are specialist providers and are skilled at monitoring and supporting patients at home, in aged care facilities, or in the hospice inpatient unit, who may have more complex or challenging symptoms causing concern. The team always works alongside the district nurses, GPs, and other health professionals to provide the best possible care.

Patients and their families/whānau may self-refer for counselling.


Help us improve our service

If you would like to provide feedback on any aspect of the Hospice Palliative Care Service, please complete the short survey below. Your feedback is important to us and helps us to continually improve the service we provide to our patients and whānau. Thank you.

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Our position on the End of Life Choice Act 2019
We will follow our responsibility in accordance with the End of Life Choice Act 2019 if a patient wishes to explore assisted dying. We respect all views, and we will continue to provide the best care possible to patients and their whānau.  However, our staff will not assess patients for eligibility, nor be present during the administration of any medication used in assisted dying, wherever that may take place. Assisted dying will not occur on hospice premises. We will continue to provide care and support up to the point of assisted death, and during bereavement.

Nurse Maude Services

Nurse Maude provides a wide scope of services for the community