Research Article

Helen House--a hospice for children: analysis of the first year.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 289 doi: (Published 15 December 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;289:1665
  1. S R Burne,
  2. F Dominica,
  3. J D Baum


    Helen House, a hospice for children, opened in Oxford in November 1982. From then until December 1983 care was provided for 52 children with terminal illness, progressive and incurable illness, and very severe handicap. The children came from a wide area of the United Kingdom, and eight died during the year. The style of care provided in Helen House is based on that of the families in their own homes, with a minimum of rules, regulations, and routines. Terminal care follows the principles developed by hospices experienced in the care of adults. Despite the great sadness and distress associated with every child admitted, Helen House is neither a sombre nor a depressing place.