Facilities & Accommodation

Inside the Centre

The Fern Centre is a purpose built building designed to promote the wellbeing of cancer patients and their families.  It has been designed with a welcoming open plan entrance allowing a cosy comfortable area for you to sit and enjoy a cuppa, spend time with our volunteers, enquire about other services or just relax.

On the right hand side of the building are two complementary therapy rooms designed and furnished to promote relaxation so you can get the best from your therapy sessions.

We also have a large meeting room where the majority of support groups and exercise classes are held.

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At the far end of the corridor are two counselling rooms where one to one adult counselling takes place as well as counselling for children.

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To the left of our Centre is a small meeting room which can be a quiet area to sit away from the open plan seating area should you need some privacy and will also host our MacMillan financial advice clinics and some pre-counselling sessions.

The Centre also houses three ensuite accommodation rooms which are available to relatives of patients staying at North Devon District Hospital.  This accommodation will allow relatives of patients throughout the hospital to stay close by to their loved ones when they need it the most.

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Accessing accommodation

Applications to access the Fern Centre accommodation will need to be completed by a clinical member of staff involved in the care of your relative.  The requirement for accessing accommodation is as follows:

The accommodation is available for relatives and carers of in-patients for one of the following reasons:

  • Patient brought in under emergency conditions
  • Patient in the ICU and is in a critical condition
  • Patient is a baby/child and the parent is unable to stay on the ward
  • Patient is near end of life and relatives wish to remain close

The accommodation is also available to cancer patient undergoing consecutive cancer treatment and live further than 20 miles away from North Devon District Hospital

Accommodation is not pre-bookable and will be available on a first come first served basis.  If you require access to our accommodation please speak to a member of your relatives clinical team.

Outside the Centre

The Fern Centre will also have open access to a lovely garden which is currently being designed by volunteers and patients.  The garden will include a quiet space to relax as well as communal area to socialise with others.  It will have a sensory garden, raised beds and a potting shed for patients and their families to enjoy.

Last updated: July 8, 2020