History of Countess Mountbatten Hospice


History of Countess Mountbatten Hospice 

Countess Mountbatten Hospice was opened in Sept 1977, which was then only the second NHS palliative care hospice in the country.

From the start, Countess Mountbatten Hospice was committed to providing modern specialist palliative care, not just through the provision of beds but through integrated support for carers and hospital staff as well as patients.

Today, the hospice supports more than 3,000 patients and their families every year living with terminal illnesses across Southampton and south central Hampshire.

It provides care for people in its 25-bed inpatient unit and out in the community – either in their home or in a care home setting.

In September 2018, it was announced Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight would lead a new ground-breaking partnership with Countess Mountbatten.

The partnership between the two was created to enable the West End hospice to developing its services as an independent charity, rather than being run by the NHS.

In April 2019, a new bereavement service was launched at Countess Mountbatten Hospice, just one of a number of new services planned for the facility.


  1. Dear Friends,
    My father is currently benefitting from the excellent support from your palliative care team and we would be interested to know which Countess Mountbatten was related to the Hospice Charity and how/when it was set up. With thanks, Jane

  2. Dear Jane

    I don’t know if your query was answered but I have just come across it whilst looking something up.

    Countess Mountbatten was Prince Charles’ god-mother. Here is a link to a brief on line obituary.

    Best wishes
    Dr Carol Davis, one of the Palliative Medicine Consultants

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