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Hospice Care Pioneers

St Barnabas House is pioneering five key new developments during 2016 that will transform our hospice care service over the next five years.


Disease specific specialist nursing team

We have created a new specialist nursing service with four dedicated Nurse Specialist supporting patients with End Stage Renal Failure, End Stage Liver Disease, Advanced Heart Failure and Dementia.

Find out more about our disease specific care services.

More volunteer support

Volunteers will be at the heart of our new services. We are expanding our network of Community Companions who visit patients and families in their own homes to offer emotional support and practical help. Find out more about Community Companions.

We have also launched a new ‘ManBus’ service, providing the opportunity for male patients to enjoy group outings. Find out more about our ManBus service.

Echo end of life care co-ordination hub

St Barnabas House is supporting echo, a 24 hour a day, seven day a week telephone support service for patients who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness which will co-ordinate end-of-life care services for people across our catchment area and beyond.

It will mean patients and families will only have to make one phone call at any time of the day or night. All partners will be informed of the patient’s care plan, leading to a joined-up, smoother and better co-ordinated service.

Find out more about the echo end of life care hub.

Wellbeing at the heart of our service

‘Wellbeing’ is the name we give to rehabilitative palliative care – enabling patients not to simply continue living, but to maximise their physical and mental health; giving them the chance to achieve a better quality of life, for longer.

To enable this, we have to reach people earlier, so we will be promoting St Barnabas’ rehabilitative care service as soon as possible following a diagnosis. Over the next few years, we will continue to develop our internal clinical and support service to improve the experience of those we care for.

Sharing our knowledge

We have expanded our Education Team significantly and their role will be to share experience and best practice. They will do this not just across St Barnabas’ existing services, but to all care providers in our community who are supporting and working with people with a life-limiting condition.