Brian House was specially designed and planned to create a child friendly environment, and provides a home from home for your child and you, recreating that family atmosphere. We believe that your child and family has the right to be informed of your diagnosis and prognosis if you wish, to allow you to make the best possible decisions and plans for the future. Like the rest of Trinity we have highly skilled staff and volunteers helping us.
A little respite
We can offer you specialised respite care as part of our service. To give ‘mum’ a break from the 24-hour demands of her child with multiple complex needs. To give ‘dad’ a chance to see his wife as more than just a nurse and to give your other children time to be the centre of attention for a while.
Brian House facilities
We provide appropriate care and activities to meet your individual child’s needs in a relaxed warm, homely environment. Our unit is equipped with everything needed to provide the very best care for your child, including:
- Fully equipped multi sensory room
- Music therapy
- Innovative multi-sensory play area
- Traditional gardens with swings
- Books for all ages and interests
- Arts and crafts
- Play areas
- Computer room
Children staying with us also receive:
- A beautifully decorated ‘themed’ room with an electric bed
- Television/media facilities
- Modern bathroom facilities
Families can also make use of our separate first floor flat with two en-suite bedrooms and a fantastic kitchen/diner, making for a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere while your child is with us.
Care is provided free of charge to children who need it, but it costs over £1.2 million a year to run Brian House, and we get only a small amount of money from the Government, which is why our dedicated Brian House fundraisers are vital.
At Brian House, we have a dedicated bereavement service. The service is available to all families in the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre areas in the event of losing a child – whether they are previously known to Trinity or not. If you need to access this service, just call the nurse in charge on 01253 595552. The hospital may well signpost you to us. Our experienced staff also work with counselling services to organise CASCADE groups to provide specialist support to children and young people who are affected by the traumatic loss of a brother or sister.
Link here to NHS Child & Young Person’s Advance Care Plan website www.cypacp.nhs.uk which has information for parents and families, as well as palliative care professionals