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The Day Hospice

Please note, the Day Hospice is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.


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However, St Barnabas House continues to provide care and support to patients with palliative care needs in the community through our physiotherapists, occupational therapists, Hospice at Home Team and specialist nurses.

Our Family Services Team continue to offer counselling and emotional support remotely to patients and family members. Community Companion volunteers are also providing telephone befriending to patients by making regular calls for a chat.

Currently we are reviewing and redesigning the previous Day Hospice service to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate care and support from St Barnabas House. This will include a Living Well service through a session led approach with access to face to face and online interaction.

More information will follow.

What is The Day Hospice?

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.

The Day Hospice organise fun activities for patientsIt 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.

The Day Hospice

“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.”

Read about how our Artist-in-residence Stevan helped Day Hospice patient Debbie, by supporting her love of skating, here.

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