Most patients attend day care for a 12 week programme, attending on the same day each week. Many people really enjoy the social aspect of this, making new friends and spending time just being able to relax in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The services most relevant to you will be agreed with you during your first visit. You’ll have a meeting with a nurse who will be your key worker, who will regularly review your progress and ensure you’re receiving the care which is best for you. We’ll also liaise with your GP, and any other health care professionals involved in your care.
Our services include:
- Pain and symptom control
- Access to help and advice with benefits and financial matters
- Breathlessness support
- Lymphoedema management
- Complementary therapies, such as reflexology and aromatherapy
- Relaxation and exercise
- Practical and psychological support with body image
- A programme of creative therapy activities
- A range of social activities and entertainment
Transport, food and drink
We can provide free transport to and from the hospice for day care patients, either with a volunteer driver or in our ambulance with an accompanying nurse. During the day, you’ll be offered drinks and refreshments, and you’ll also have a hot meal prepared for you by our catering team. Transport and food and drink is all free of charge for our patients.
Who can access day care
We welcome patients with a life-limiting illness, who are having difficulties with pain and other symptoms and/or psychological, social or spiritual issues, whose needs cannot be fully met by primary health and social care professionals. Patients need to be well enough to attend.
How you can be referred
You can be referred through your GP, district or Macmillan nurse, hospital medical team, community or hospital specialist palliative team or social care team. We know that hospices can be a little daunting, especially if you’ve never visited one before, so you and your carers are welcome to come and have a look around first. Please ask the person who has referred you, or contact us directly to arrange this.
Smoking at St Ann’s
For more information about smoking at the hospice, please click here.
Day Therapy drop-in service – Heald Green
Every Monday between 9.30am – 3.30pm (except for Bank Holidays), we hold our drop-in day at our Heald Green site. This service is confidential, free of charge and no appointment or referral is necessary.
Patients with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, friends or carers (who can also attend independently of patients) are welcome to come along. You’ll have an assessment to evaluate your individual needs and requirements, and there are various activities which you may be able to access following discussion with our trained staff.