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Specialists in palliative care

Day Therapies and Support

St John’s Hospice provides a range of therapy and support services for patients. Depending on your condition these services may be available to patients staying on the inpatient unit and a number of them can be offered to patients in the community.

We also have a range of Living Well sessions to help people living with different life shortening conditions. These are designed to support both the patient and carer in body, mind and spirit. Many of these are designed to help patients live well and have as much independence and choice as possible.

Based in the Oak Centre, Day Therapies provide a place for people to come and talk to others going through the same experiences as them; to make friends, enjoy group activities such as crafts, discussion and exercise groups, or relax with a complementary therapy session.

Meet Vic and Pat who are firm fans of Day Therapies, including Complementary Therapy.

Vic has a life limiting lung condition and his St John’s Clinical Nurse Specialist, Jill, was supporting Vic and his wife Pat at home. She encouraged Vic to come to St John’s for help from the popular FAB programme to manage his Fatigue, Anxiety and Breathlessness.

Jill also noticed that Vic was struggling to relax, so arranged for the St John’s Complementary Therapist to visit him at home to provide treatment. Although complementary therapy was new to Vic, he soon became aware of the significant benefits it can bring and told us more,

“When Hannah, one of the St John’s Complementary Therapists visited me at home I was unsure if such a therapy would make any difference, now I know it does and look forward to it! I now have massages at St John’s Hospice. The massage eases the stress and tension that the illness brings. After therapy I feel calmer, relaxed and less anxious. It means I can have a ‘good day’ and actually ‘feel good’, physically and mentally for a time. To be able to switch off from the real world for an hour feels like a treat. The complementary therapy goes hand in hand with the support I have had from the Hospice’s FAB group and Positive Living Group. The support I get puts things into perspective and has given me tips on the relatively simple things I can do to make a positive difference.

“My wife Pat has also had a few sessions of complementary therapy here at St John’s too, which I am really grateful for. Some people underestimate the role of a family carer, until it happens to you. Pat has to care for me 24/7, deal with all my problems and keep on top of everything – it’s like every day there’s something new to learn. For Pat to have a complete hour to herself and focus on herself instead of my illness is important for both of us. 

“Thanks to Hannah and her complementary therapy I can be ‘me’ for an hour and so can Pat.  It means a lot because I don’t want to be ‘a medical illness’ all the time – I want to be myself. Thank you Hannah, Pat and I think you’re a wonder!”

Vic & Pat

Group at Day Therapy Services
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Complementary Therapies

Our complementary therapist offers short sessions alongside your usual nursing and medical care to help you cope emotionally, physically and mentally. It may help ease physical symptoms too, as well as helping with sleep and rest.

Physiotherapy

Our physiotherapist can help with symptoms such as pain, breathlessness, fatigue, reduced mobility, loss of strength or function and other neurological, respiratory and musculo-skeletal symptoms. The services are available to people with a palliative diagnosis and can be accessed on the inpatient ward and as an outpatient

Patients are assessed according to their individual needs and a treatment plan is formulated.

Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapist focuses on helping you function as well as possible, aiming to help your independence and wellbeing through fatigue management, task analysis and goal setting as much as possible.

Social Work

The Social Workers work as part of the multidisciplinary team providing support with discharge planning, family support, advice and information regarding social care matters and funding pathways. The Social Workers and are also involved with groups, and can signpost to community resources. The Social Workers at St John's are committed to person centred care are employed by St John’s Hospice.

Living Well Programmes

Our team can also support you with ‘Living Well’ programmes to manage symptoms such as fatigue, anxiety, breathlessness and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). We also hope to offer creative therapies such as arts, crafts and flower arranging. If you have a skill or hobby which you feel you could share with visiting patients please do get in touch with St John’s Hospice.

Last Days Matter

Is a half day programme for people who are not clinicians, to find out more about preparing for the palliative journey, death and how you can support someone. It is part of our approach to compassionate communities and all are welcome.
A cup of tea with biscuits along with two patients enjoying a gentle dance

Friday Drop-in

St John’s Hospice patients and carers are invited to drop-in for a brew, a chat and plenty of activities every week. Make new friends and enjoy a break in a friendly space.
This is a free session! We look forward to welcoming you.

Every Friday, 10am - 12pm at The Oak Centre at St John's Hospice

FAB Groups

Fatigue, Anxiety and Breathlessness support groups for all patients

Offered as 6 week programmes. You will learn breathing techniques, how to manage breathlessness as well as coping strategies for stress, anxiety and panic. We explain lifestyle management through energy conservation and nutrition. You can also enjoy sessions on exercise, relaxation and how to get a good night’s sleep. Guest speakers will drop in to talk about useful topics to help in your life. There will also be one to one time with our Occupational Therapist and Wellbeing Assistants.

If you feel like attending a FAB Group is for you, then please ask your health professional to make a referral to us.
Craft Group at St John's Hospice. Two patients enjoy craft activities together.

Craft Groups

For St John’s Hospice patients.

Come along to The Oak Centre for our free Craft Group each week and enjoy different craft each session.
These sessions are a great way to take a break, relax and try something new!
To attend these free groups please ask for a referral from your CNS or Hospice at Home nurse or point of contact.
A brew and biscuits with a very happy patient holding a big thumbs up symbol

Positive Living Group

Patient wellbeing group

This group will help improve your wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem through exploring your own life story.
Each week the course explores a different aspect of life including childhood, hobbies, music, leisure and more.
The course culminates with the creation of a memory box, scrapbook or photo frame filled with memories that you can share with loved ones.
If you would like attending this group then please ask your health professional to make a referral to us.
Carers Drop-In scene. Two carers enjoy a cup of coffee while talking about their experiences.

Carers Drop-in

This is a new space to get advice, peer support, have a chat & brew and just take some time away to recharge. The St John’s Hospice Social Workers Team will be on hand to chat.
This is a free group for anyone in a carer role with family or friends under the care of any St John’s Hospice service.
No need to book - just drop in.
2 patients taking part in The Life Story of You group showing a wedding photo and diary

The Life Story of You

Patient wellbeing group

This group will help improve your wellbeing, confidence and self-esteem through exploring your own life story.
Each week the course explores a different aspect of life including childhood, hobbies, music, leisure and more.
The course culminates with the creation of a memory box, scrapbook or photo frame filled with memories that you can share with loved ones.
If you would like attending this group then please ask your health professional to make a referral to us.

Get in touch

To find out more call 01524 382538 and speak to Dee Riley or email [email protected]
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