Day Therapy Unit
The hospice is not just a building, it is a philosophy with emphasis on care, compassion and respect for each person. We aim to provide quality care centered on the needs of our patients, their families and their carers.
Here at St Kentigern we achieve this through the expertise of our highly skilled team – Nurses, Doctor, Physiotherapist, and Occupational therapist, Social Worker, Family Support Worker, Complementary Therapists, Creative Therapists and Chaplains. Other Health Care Professionals attend the Hospice regularly on request, e.g. Speech Therapists, Dieticians, Specialist Nurses, Oxygen Therapy Team and Chiropodists. The staff liaise and work closely with GPs, Community Nurses, and Hospital Staff to ensure continuity and seamless delivery of care.
We provide care at our Day Unit between 10am and 3.30pm Monday to Thursday. The Day Unit is therapy led and we set personalised goals centred around the patients individual needs. Lunch is provided and the service is free of charge to all.
Care at the Day Unit is based on the principle of palliative care for patients and their families. The staff and environment is aimed at providing physical, psychological, social and spiritual care to enable patients achieve a good quality of life and continue “getting on with life” whilst coping with their illness. Day therapy have a very active and vibrant programme taking place.
Mondays have an emphasis on physical reconditioning and breathlessness management with the support of the physiotherapist.
Tuesday is a mood management day, a voluntary beauty therapist also visits for manicures.
Wednesdays is a breathless clinic and are a social day with a varied programme of Art Therapy and outside speakers such as the ‘house of colour’,
Thursdays is a fatigue management day, where we teach principles to help patients to improve their energy levels. We also have Art Therapy available.
The team aim to provide relief of symptoms such as pain, nausea and vomiting, breathlessness, constipation and other complications arising from the disease or the treatment (i.e. chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone treatment, etc).
Care is given unconditionally to those who need it irrespective of age, gender, race, religious beliefs or sexual orientation, and is without charge.
Swallows is a weekly afternoon drop in session on each Friday between 12.30 and 4pm that is run by volunteers to provide ongoing social support for discharged patients. You can buy a lunch of soup and sandwiches for £2.00 The unit also seeks to provide support and practical advice to carers and families, and by working closely with other professionals, we aim to support patients to continue living at home.