The Day Hospice is open from Tuesday to Friday each week and patients attend from 10.30am to 3pm. There’s room for up to 15 people each day and most attend on one regular day each week.
You may have been referred by your Macmillan Nurse, district nurse, GP or hospital consultant, and we will first arrange to meet you, either at home or in the Hospice, to assess your needs and talk to you about the benefits you may gain from attending Day Hospice.
If you attend Day Hospice regularly, you will have the opportunity to discuss your symptoms and any concerns you may have with nursing staff, or we may arrange for you to see the Consultant in Palliative Medicine, one of the other doctors or another member of the clinical team.
You will have the opportunity, in your own time and at your own pace, to ask any questions and discuss any worries or concerns you may have about the future. You may want to make some plans about how or where you would like to be looked after, or to make an advance refusal of certain treatment approaches.
You may be offered complementary therapies or creative therapy. Different activities take place at different times, such as reminiscence therapy. Hairdressing is also available on certain days. You will be offered drinks during the day and a freshly cooked lunch is served. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated.
If you are not able to make your own way, we are able to offer transport to and from the Day Hospice thanks to our team of volunteer drivers. However, if you are unable to get in or out of a car without help we may need to arrange ambulance transport to bring you.
Many people attending Day Hospice say that the greatest benefit of all is the opportunity to meet and talk to others in similar situations as themselves and living in a balance with their illness.
Like most Day Hospices, we operate an active discharge policy which we see as a positive process for patients who are well, or whose disease is stable, and who no longer need this particular service. The discharge will be tailored to fit the individual and may involve researching alternative arrangements. Patients who are discharged can always be referred back at a later date if this is needed.