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The Day Hospice at St Barnabas House is open between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday and provides care and support for up to 18 patients each day.
The Day Hospice at St Barnabas House offers an environment where people encountering similar experiences, can meet in an informal setting and provides an opportunity for mutual support that enhances confidence and well-being.
It is run by a team of nurses and supported by other hospice care services professionals as needed. The Day Hospice can help with symptom management, as well as emotional and spiritual support. In providing respite care for the day, the Day Hospice runs a range of activities and social events led by the activities co-ordinator and a team of dedicated volunteers.
Richard, 68, has been attending the Day Hospice for 15 months. He said:
“When I was first invited to visit the Day Hospice, I really wasn’t sure it was for me. I joined the Wednesday group and, to begin with, I did feel like a stranger as I didn’t know anyone, so I wasn’t very enthusiastic about it.
“However, you soon get to know people – and everyone is lovely. I am not just saying that!
“It took a short while to adjust and now I really, really, look forward to coming here. I would not miss it. The nurses help me with everything – arranging appointments, referring to doctors, sorting things out at home. Nothing is too much trouble and I know I can rely on them. You would not get that level of care and attention anywhere else.
“Now I’m one of the crowd and can honestly say it is a lovely place to be. My family are always saying, ‘ask the nurses this’, ‘check with the nurses about that’. It is a great relief for us all knowing they are here.
“If you need to come to the Day Hospice, I’d say do not hesitate. It is wonderful.”
This year we are running a series of events aimed at encouraging new people to visit the Day Hospice. These events are targeted at people who may not normally wish to come to the hospice for fear of what it represents, or for those who simply do not know about the services offered.