Our Wellbeing services care for patients with specialist palliative care needs, and their families. We aim to help patients to live with the challenges that their condition may bring, by achieving the things that are important to them.
Your needs may be met through the wellbeing clinic; our drop in session; the patient and carer education programme; or our supported full day attendance. For the Wellbeing Centre Clinic and Full Day Attendance patients require a referral, and following assessment a plan of support that best meets your needs will be agreed with you.
Referrals to the Wellbeing Centre can be made for patients by any healthcare providers, whether they are at the hospice or elsewhere. There is no charge for any of the services at the Wellbeing Centre.
For referral information and forms click here
Wellbeing Centre Clinic
9.30am-12.30pm every Monday (except Bank Holidays)
The Wellbeing Clinic is run by a team of professionals including a nurse, doctor, physiotherapist, social worker and complementary therapist. Access to the clinic is via referral from one of the health professionals involved in your care. You may be referred to see one or more of the team members depending on your needs. They may also refer you on to see other Hospice Services including occupational therapy and lymphoedema.
Drop-in Session (Craft and Relaxation)
1.00pm- 3.30pm every Monday (except Bank Holidays)
This relaxed and friendly session is open to eligible patients, family members and carers and can be accessed on a drop–in basis – there is no need for a referral for this service. There is an opportunity to try out different craft activities and/or experience the benefits of relaxation/mindfulness. It can be an easy way to find out more about Saint Catherine’s Services, or simply to meet others who may be experiencing similar life changes to you.
As this session has limited health professional input we require patients to be self caring, but please feel free to bring along any family, carers or loved ones who can support you in attending.
You can see more about Mondays at the Wellbeing Centre here
We are unable to offer transport for the above session.
Please ask for further information about local transport options.
Wellbeing Centre Full Day Attendance
10am – 3pm every Wednesday and Thursday
At the Wellbeing Centre at Saint Catherine’s there is a supported full day service run by a nursing team and trained volunteers. On either day, patients can receive healthcare from a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, social worker, spiritual care coordinator, complementary therapist, counsellor and hospice doctors and nurses as appropriate to address their needs.
Patients are invited to attend for one fixed day a week for 8 weeks. Attendance may be extended at the discretion of the team if there is an identified need.
Activities There are activities throughout the day such as crafts, quizzes and music, for those who want to participate but there is no obligation to join in if you do not wish to do so.
Refreshments and lunch are provided daily free of charge (dietary requirements can be catered for).
Transport Ideally you should provide your own transport. If a relative or friend is unable to transport you to the session we may be able to provide you with volunteer transport.
You can see more about Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Wellbeing Centre here
Wellbeing Education Programme
1.30pm-2.30pm every Thursday (except Bank Holidays)
We have a 16 week rolling education programme for anyone who wishes to attend.
The programme covers subjects such as managing pain, fatigue, and stress; coping with breathlessness; the impact on sleep; preventing falls; equipment available to help you; financial support and benefits; communicating with professionals; and planning for your needs.
Most sessions can be accessed on a drop-in basis but some are bookable in advance. You can see a timetable here. You can also ask for a timetable from any of our Wellbeing Team.
Any family, carers or loved ones who wish to accompany you to a session are more than welcome.
Completion of Treatment
For patients who are well or whose disease is stable and no longer need our services, we will conclude the period of treatment.
If a patient’s needs change, they are able to be re–referred.
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