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St Catherine’s nurses not only work in the hospice in Lostock Hall, they also support people across Central Lancashire by going out and about into the community – from holding dedicated clinics for patients, to talking at cancer support groups. This month, two of our specialist Lymphoedema nurses attended the Chorley, Preston and South Ribble Breast Cancer […]

DSC_1870St Catherine’s nurses not only work in the hospice in Lostock Hall, they also support people across Central Lancashire by going out and about into the community – from holding dedicated clinics for patients, to talking at cancer support groups.

This month, two of our specialist Lymphoedema nurses attended the Chorley, Preston and South Ribble Breast Cancer Support and Self Help Group, which meets at St Ambrose Church Hall in Leyland.

They spoke all about the symptoms and treatments of cancer-related Lymphoedema; a condition which can result in an accumulation of fluid in the body’s tissues causing swelling.

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They work from the Woodside Clinic in the grounds of the hospice, St Catherine’s Park, but also go out into the community to raise awareness and share their expert advice with people affected by Lymphoedema.

They spoke about exercises such as swimming, skin care such as sun creams, self-massages, and breathing techniques such as blowing bubbles which can all help to reduce the symptoms on a day-by-day basis. They also talked about the specialist treatments carried out at the Woodside Clinic, such as lasers, compression sleeves, and pumps.

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And the St Catherine’s CNS team (Clinical Nurse Specialists), who visit people facing life-shortening conditions such as cancer and Motor Neurone Disease in their own homes, have also started holding dedicated clinics for patients in their local GP surgeries.

Many out-patients visit the hospice in Lostock Hall to attend sessions such as Day Therapy, but some are not well enough to make the trip, and so receive care at home. The CNS team is on hand to offer advice about medication and treatments, to help with pain management, and provide emotional and psychological support too.

 

 

By offering appointments at GP surgeries for patients who are well enough to attend, they are aiming to help even more people in the community by spending less time on the road, and providing a more personalised service.

Picture by Chris Bull for St Catherine's Hospice    31/3/16And so hospice care and the specialist support offered by St Catherine’s goes much further than the building itself.

To find more about our Lymphoedema clinic, please click here. For more information about the CNS nurses and care at home, please click here.

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St Catherine’s head of trading, Rachel Hewitt, shows how fashionable and affordable it is to dress for every day of the week with bargains and brands from the charity’s shops! This week I set myself the challenge of finding outfits for every weekday from the St Catherine’s charity shops.   Left: Top – River Island, […]

St Catherine’s head of trading, Rachel Hewitt, shows how fashionable and affordable it is to dress for every day of the week with bargains and brands from the charity’s shops!

This week I set myself the challenge of finding outfits for every weekday from the St Catherine’s charity shops.

 

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Left: Top – River Island, £3 (Longridge)
Cardigan – Topshop, £3 (Chorley)
Trousers – M&S, £5 (Fulwood)

It never fails to amaze me how incredibly generous our supporters are, and we receive some fantastic, high-quality donations for our shops across South Ribble, Preston and Chorley.

Many people already recognise the value of visiting charity shops – the bargains, brands, and the satisfaction of supporting a worthy cause, for example. But I think some are still reluctant to buy pre-loved items because they have the misconception that they’re no good. So I decided to showcase how affordable and fashionable it really is!

Our shops boast clothing and accessories to suit all styles, sizes, and occasions, from casual, everyday outfits, to work wear, formal attire, and even wedding dresses.

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Left: Jacket – H&M, £3 (Ashton)
Trousers – H&M, £3 (Lostock Hall)
Shoes – Matalan, £3 (Preston city centre)

Something I really enjoy about the charity shop culture is that you can buy an outfit for a specific event, and donate it back to the hospice afterwards before buying a new ensemble for your next engagement. It’s so affordable, that you could potentially wear designer labels to impress your friends all year round, without breaking the bank!

We also stock brand new items, such as scarves and handbags, in our gift shop based in the hospice’s reception in Lostock Hall.

If you’re still not convinced, I’d love to encourage you to visit your local St Catherine’s shop and take a look at the latest stock – I’m confident you’ll bag a great bargain or two!

Please click here to see our list of shops.

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Left: Top – Papaya at Matalan, £2 (Longton)
Skirt – Hobbs, £3 (Leyland)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Left: Coat – Nam & Co, £12 (Fulwood)
Bag – £21.95 (brand new at the hospice reception gift shop)

 

 

 

 

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Below: Dress – Next, £7 (Penwortham)
Shoes – Next, £7 (Longton)

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