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About Little Havens

Little Havens provides palliative nursing and supportive care to babies, children and teenagers living with complex or incurable conditions across Essex.

We offer overnight respite breaks, emergency stays and care at the end of a child’s life.

Whether we care for a child for years, months, weeks or even just hours, we make a real difference to their life.

Phoneix in the Multi Sensory Room at Little Havens

Facilities at Little Havens a include Multi-sensory room, Hydrotherapy and spa pool, extensive landscaped gardens with sensory areas and adaptable play equipment, hoists throughout the hospice, ball pool and messy play areas, bereavement bedroom called The Woodland Suite and Family accommodation.

Initial contact may be made either by a parent or carer, or any professional directly involved in the child’s care. Anyone making a referral must have the consent or the parent/guardian or young person themselves.

You can call 01702 552 200 with details about the child’s condition.

The Caseload Liaison Nurse will come out and visit you at home or if you are in hospital on the ward if this is easier. We will then gather information from your doctors and hold a multi-disciplinary panel meeting to support our decision on whether your child meets our criteria.

This usually takes a month but can be done more quickly in an emergency. If you are accepted for care you will be invited for an introductory visit for about an hour to meet the team, see the hospice and ask questions before your first stay.

All our care is provided free of charge thanks to the generosity of our supporters who make kind donations through fundraising events, gifts in wills and our lottery.

Little Havens is part of Havens Hospices, which includes Fair Havens and The J’s – community hospice care across Essex. If your child is approaching the age of transition into adult care, we can discuss whether these would be appropriate for your child.

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Find out more about how our specialist Care Teams can support children living with complex or incurable conditions, as well as their families.