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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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Patient and nurse planting at the hospice
Living Well at St Barnabas House
In Spring 2021, we introduced a new Living Well service. This innovation in care aims to enhance the support available for patients recently diagnosed or requiring help with early symptoms, with the number and type of sessions continuing 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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Sandie’s story
We broke down in tears. She’d worked in palliative care most of her life, but nothing can prepare you for that news. 
Lara and her family
Lara’s story
"St Barnabas brought us all a huge sense of relief from no longer having to worry about things like medicines, personal care or feeding. And it also gave my dad a lot of peace, knowing we were being looked after too."
Smiling and waving St Barnabas House volunteer
The heart of our community
Find out what it takes to volunteer for St Barnabas House - and the type of roles we have available.
Volunteer and patient at home
Daphne’s story
"Until you need a hospice, you have no idea that the care also extends way beyond the hospice building. The regular phone calls, links with her GP and home visits were all so reassuring."
Linda’s story
"If you’re fortunate in life, you will meet that one person who is as much a part of you as your own body and soul. For me, that person was Linda."
Laura a the hospice
Six reasons why I decided to become a hospice nurse after I graduated from university
"We talk, laugh and occasionally cry together, but whatever happens everyone is so supportive."
Lara and her sister having fun with their dad
No right way to grieve
"Death is the (very large) elephant in the room that we often feel uncomfortable talking about despite the fact it affects all of us, and everyone around us."
Image of two St Barnabas hospice nurses meeting outside the hospice and sharing a joke
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.
Close up of brushes in the art room at the hospice
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.