About our Day Hospices
Our Day Hospices are designed to help you lead as normal life as possible whilst living with a progressive illness. We aim to work with you to help manage your condition and help maintain your independence. Our caring team is here to help you with a range of issues you may be experiencing as a result of your illness.
We have three Day Hospices which are located in Shrewsbury, Telford and Newtown. You will normally be referred to the Day Hospice closest to your home and attend at set agreed times. While we will do our best to meet your wishes, we may not be able to accommodate specific requests due to limited places.
Our Day Hospice in Shrewsbury is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Our Day Hospice in Telford is open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Our Day Hospice in Newtown is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
As a Day Hospice patient you will have regular access to our full range of support to help with your physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs.
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Why you would be referred to one of our Day Hospices?
You can be referred to one of our Day Hospices for a number of reasons including symptom control and pain management. Most of our patients are referred to us by their GP, hospital consultant, health care professional or one of our Clinical Nurse Specialists.
People who tend to be referred to our Day Hospice are those who have been diagnosed with a progressive life-limiting illness and need a little extra help or support.
If you feel you would benefit from attending one of our Day Hospices the first step you need to take is to discuss it with your GP, healthcare professional or Clinical Nurse Specialist. If they think you would benefit from attending one of our Day Hospices they will complete one of our referral forms.
Once we have received the completed form we will then give you or your relative / carer a call to arrange a convenient time for you to come and have a look around and meet one of our nurses.
Once you have been referred
On your first visit to one of our Day Hospices we will discuss your illness and care requirements with you. As part of this we will look at your current medication so please bring with you a list of all the medication you are taking on a regular basis. We will use this information to tailor the support you receive and recommend the services we think you would benefit from. You will be seen by one of our doctors on your second or third visit.
Once you have been referred to one of our Day Hospices we will work closely with your GP, who will continue to be your primary care provider, to ensure your care needs are being met. We will monitor your condition during your visits to the Day Hospice and regularly review the progress of your condition; your continued attendance will be regularly reviewed.
The services we provide
Our team is made up of qualified nursing staff, complementary and creative therapists and volunteers, all of whom work to ensure the support you get at one of our Day Hospices is tailored to your specific needs. As a Day Hospice patient you may access services including doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and chaplains.
We have trained complementary therapists who help with soothing treatments to help alleviate symptoms such as anxiety and pain. As well as the physical and emotional support on offer, we also offer social activities to help you get to know and build friendships with your fellow Day Hospice patients, as well as boosting your sense of well-being. Our creative therapist organises regular activities to enable you to learn new skills and explore your artistic talents should you wish to.
What to expect from your day with us
The hospice is not like a hospital and you will find it has a much more relaxed atmosphere. Our caring staff and volunteers create a home away from home offering a much need break for you as a patient and those who care for you at home.
You will normally arrive around 10am and leave at 3pm. If a relative or carer cannot give you a lift to the Hospice we may be able to arrange for one of our volunteer drivers to collect you and drop you safely back at home.
When you arrive you will be welcomed with a cup of tea or coffee and be able to spend your day in our comfortable lounge. At our Hospices in Shrewsbury and Telford you can also enjoy the conservatory or our award-winning gardens. You can be involved as much or as little as you like with other activities so if you would rather sit quietly somewhere please just let us know. You will normally be looked after by the same nurse each time you visit one of our Day Hospices
Lunch is freshly prepared each day by our chefs in our kitchens so we can adapt your meal to what you would like. Whether you’re a vegetarian, need to eat kosher or just don’t like cauliflower we can provide a tasty home cooked meal you will really enjoy. Light refreshments including tea, coffee, juice and biscuits are available throughout the day.
Other things you might find useful
All of the care we provide is free of charge to those who need it and because life-limiting illnesses affect whole families we also support our patients loved ones for as long as it is needed.
Most of our patients do attend our Day Hospices on their own but if you would like a relative or carer to come along with you on your first visit please discuss this with us.