Our Day Hospice provides care if you are affected by a life-limiting illness, as well as giving your carer the opportunity to have a break.
People are usually referred to the Day Hospice by a GP, nurse or hospital consultant. After a referral has been made, a member of the Day Hospice team will contact you to discuss your specific needs, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions or raise any concerns. People are usually offered a place at the Day Hospice for one day a week.
Our team of nurses, therapists, counsellors, doctors, and volunteers support people who come to our Day Hospice. Up to 30 people attend each of our Day Hospice sessions - around 90 people each week. People can receive medical treatments during their day, including blood tests, blood transfusions, drug administration and advice and support to help with symptoms to save them having to go to hospital or to see their GP.
A weekly support group, run by one of our counsellors, aims to support people to come to terms with their individual situation and what it means for them.
Thanks to our qualified therapists who volunteer their time, we are able to offer some complementary therapies to people in the Day Hospice. Arts and crafts, quizzes, and games are some of the social activities on offer, and the Day Hospice offers people a chance to meet and chat outside their home, giving them and their carers some respite. Everyone who comes to Day Hospice receives a two or three course lunch, which is an opportunity to make and catch up with friends and enjoy a good, nutritional meal which isn't always possible to manage at home.
Martha, Day Hospice Nurse, said: 'I work as part of a small, intimate and caring team and absolutely love coming to work. It's such a positive and jolly place - quite the opposite to what most people associate with a hospice. I meet some fantastic people who make my job such a pleasure.'
For more information about the Day Hospice, please contact 020 8312 2244.