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Welcome to the St Barnabas House Blog

Here you'll find articles about what we do, and how we support people with life-limiting illnesses. All blogs written by expert hospice staff, patients and family members - on a range of topics we're passionate about and think you'll find interesting.

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The benefits of mindful walking
Find out about our mindful walking group, supporting family members of St Barnabas patients. We look at the the benefits of taking time out to be present and connect in nature.
Help with sleeplessness when you’re receiving palliative care
Complementary Therapist, Mel, gives us some top tips for sleeping and relaxation if you're living with a life-limiting illness.
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Looking back over 50 years of loving hospice care
St Barnabas House opened in 1973 and fifty years on, the support from our local community has helped care for more than 45,000 local people and their loved ones.
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What is a bereavement support group?
Counsellor, Alice, tells us all about the Connections bereavement group aims to bring together people who are isolated in their grief.
A patient and occupational therapist out in the hospice gardens.
Helping you live with frailty
Find out about our six-week Frailty Wellbeing Programme as part of our Living Well service, helping older people and their carers with the challenges that come with ageing and reduced mobility.
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Dying Matters Week – Katie’s Story
What happens when you are grieving a death of a loved one, and your workplace is a hospice? Our Future Care-Coordinator Katie Barrett shares her story.
Patient and nurse planting at the hospice
Living Well at St Barnabas House
In 2021, we introduced a new Living Well service. This innovation in care aims to enhance the support available for patients requiring help with symptoms. The number and type of sessions continues to grow and diversify.
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What is complementary therapy?
Find out what complementary therapy is, hear from our complimentary therapists, and read how our patients are benefitting from different therapies.
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What to expect when visiting a hospice
We want you to know what to expect when visiting St Barnabas House, and hopefully settle your nerves.
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Working with our artist in residence
"Art is all about enjoying something and having a sense of ‘yes I can’, not ‘I can’t’. It can be very empowering. The art room is all about giving you time and skills when you might feel like everything else is taken away from you."
Therapy dog, Betty
Meet Betty – the service dog putting a smile on everyone’s face
Each visit to a hospice patient is tailored to their needs. Some of our patients and family members might want to have Betty visit them in their room to cuddle and fuss over her.
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The importance of our patient gardens
We try to encourage nature as much as possible into our gardens, people often comment on how lovely it is to look out their windows and see and hear wildlife.