Acorns in Birmingham
Our Birmingham hospice is located in Selly Oak
Opened in 1988 the hospice has 10 bedrooms for children and young people to stay along with accommodation for families so that they can remain close by.
There is plenty of space for play and activities both inside the hospice and outside in the well maintained gardens. A yellow brick road offers access to a variety of areas for activity, nature watching, sitting quietly or experiencing the fun of the play area. A Memorial Garden nestles in the corner of this specially designed garden for children.
Inside the hospice, there is a jacuzzi and large hydrotherapy pool which is used for exercise and relaxation. Music and lights help to create different atmospheres and the special equipment ensures that the children with the most severe disabilities can still use the pool.
The multi-sensory room is much loved by the children and families. This room offers relaxation and the experience of noises, lights and touch. There is also access for beds and wheelchairs ensuring the rooms are accessible to all children.
The hospice also has special bedroom facilities where children can stay after their death before their funeral.
The hospice in Birmingham has a team of registered children's nurses. They are the same trained children’s nurses as you find in NHS children’s hospitals, only at Acorns they don’t wear uniforms. They are sometimes called RSCNs or paediatric nurses. They are experienced and trained in providing a high level of care for children with very complex needs. There are nurses on duty throughout the day and night all year long. You are able to contact them at the hospice at any time during the day or night.
The children's nurses are supported by care assistants. Acorns care assistants are not registered nurses but are trained in caring for children who use our services and are there to complement the work of the nurses.
The hospice in Birmingham also has a team of physiotherapists who are at hand to help a child who might for instance have a poorly chest or if they having problems moving themselves around.
The care team in the hospice is on hand every day to provide activities for the children staying with us. These activities can be anything from art and craft, to going out to the cinema. There are always lots of things for the children to do at the hospice and there are always plenty of people to help.
The hospice in Birmingham has daily visits by doctors from a local GP practice and Acorns has its own paediatric palliative care consultant. This is a senior children’s doctor who specialises in alleviating the symptoms, but not curing the condition. Families and children can be reassured by this high level of specialised and experienced staff who look after children staying in the hospice. Our doctors operate an on-call system to ensure that there is medical cover available at the hospice at all times, 24 hours a day, including weekends and bank holidays.
Acorns in Birmingham
103 Oak Tree Lane,