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St John's Hospice works in partnership with health and social care providers to provide specialist palliative and end of life care for people with progressive and life-threatening conditions.

The Hospice's philosophy is to provide a holistic approach to treatment and care, allowing patients to take control of their lives and learn to manage their illnesses.

Early referral of the patient following diagnosis of a progressive, non-curable illness is encouraged and patients have access to the range of services the Hospice offers at all stages of their illness.

The primary aim of the service is to improve end of life care for all irrespective of diagnosis and seek to provide greater choice for people in their place of care and death. This is underpinned by people having access to high quality end of life care and being able to actively participate in decisions about where they wish to live and die.

Whilst the majority of our patients are referred with cancer-related illnesses our services are also open to patients with other conditions including HIV/AIDS, chronic heart failure, respiratory disease and long-term neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.

Our services break down into five key areas:

Additionally, access to Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Dietetics, Speech & Language Therapy, Complementary Therapies and the Social Work and Bereavement Team, occurs internally within the service.

Patients are admitted to the Inpatient Unit in order to have complex pain managed and symptoms controlled. Patients are cared for by a team of specialist palliative care doctors and a multi-professional team of health professionals. Referrals are accepted for assessment of need, complex symptom control, respite care to allow carers a period of rest, rehabilitation following palliative care treatments and care for patients who require specialist care in the last days of life.

Day Services provides palliative care, complementary therapies and a range of activities and resources to access in a safe and supportive space. Patients undergo an assessment and are allocated a key-worker to support them to develop a personalised care plan aimed at setting achievable outcomes and creating a structured programme based on individual needs.

The Community Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist Team provide assessment and symptom management, terminal care and psycho-social support to patients within their own homes. The services offered by the Community Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist Team encompass the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and the needs of their families/carers. They include pain and symptom management, emotional support, terminal care and co-ordination of services including arranging for other Hospice services and referring to external agencies for support.

Hospice@Home provides care into the homes of patients who want to remain in familiar and comforting surroundings during the later stages of their illness. The aim of the service is to offer a comprehensive palliative care service at home by augmenting existing community support services. In all cases, initial bookings are for a length of time agreed with the referrer and no longer then two weeks. The service provides care for patients who wish to die at home, are in need of a temporary service to prevent admission to or support discharge from hospital/hospice, or to provide occasional respite care for family/carers to provide ongoing support at home, where the carer is supporting a patient with a prognosis of less than three months.

Lymphoedema Services treat patients suffering from upper and lower limb Lymphoedema, both acute and chronic. The service is predominantly delivered through an outpatient clinic, located in the hospice, however treatment is also provided into the inpatient unit, or by domiciliary visits.

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