Patient information leaflets
We want to provide as much information as possible for our patients and their families. There are a number of our Patient information leaflets which you can either download or pick up in the hospice. We hope you find them useful.
Bisphosphonates are a group of drugs used in the management of secondary bone cancer. This information leaflet explains how they work, when they may be prescribed and what side effects may occur. Read*more*-->
Here are some useful positions which may help to ease your symptoms when you are breathless Read*more*-->
In some instances, chemotherapy or radiotherapy can cause you to lose your hair. This can be a most devastating experience for both men and women. We know that this can cause loss of confidence. There is a lot of support now available. Read*more*-->
In order to maintain excellent communication with our patients, we offer all patients the option of receiving copies of clinical letters written about them. This leaflet explains what this means and how it may benefit you.
When you are referred to the hospice, your first consultation will be with a member of staff who will gather information about you and your family that is required to find out what kind of help you need. Read*more*-->
Fentanyl is used for moderate to severe pain and to control on-going pain. It is not used for pain that only lasts a short time. You will be given a different, quick acting painkiller to take for breakthrough pain if you need to.
This leaflet contains important information about medicines commonly used by both St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House Hospices. Please read it carefully and contact us if you have any concerns. Read*more*-->
Morphine is used for moderate to severe pain. Long acting Morphine is used to control on-going pain. Read*more*-->
Quick acting Morphine should reduce your pain within about 30 minutes and a dose should last for about 4 hours. Read*more*-->
Whilst you are unwell, you are more likely than usual to suffer from problems with your mouth. Read*more*-->
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (commonly known as NSAIDs) are widely used and effective in the treatment of arthritis and many other painful conditions. Read*more*-->
Here is a list of useful hints to help with shortness of breath Read*more*-->
You may have noticed that the label on your painkiller medication says 'May cause drowsiness. If affected, do not drive or operate machinery. Avoid alcoholic drink.' If you are someone who drives, you may be wondering if it is safe for you to drive. The information in this leaflet will help you to decide. Read*more*-->
A syringe driver is a portable, battery-powered machine that delivers drugs through a needle, placed just under the skin. It can be easily held in one hand and is pocket sized. Read*more*-->
This leaflet is designed to help you plan for a trip abroad whilst you are taking controlled drugs. Read*more*-->