Patrons: Bill Beaumont, Mark Lawrenson & Tisha Merry Reg Charity No: 512186

Your Care

Hospice care seeks to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people with a life-shortening condition – helping them to live as fully as possible and, when the times comes, to have comfort and dignity in death. In short, we’re here for people when it matters most.

At St Catherine’s, we know that a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t good enough. So, we work with patients and those important to them, to meet their priorities and achieve what matters most to them. Care and support is arranged, wherever possible, around individual medical needs, personal preferences and unique circumstances.

We work from our In-Patient Unit at the hospice, and through our expert team of Clinical Nurse Specialists who work with people in community clinics or in their own homes.

We offer specialised nursing care and medical treatment to help manage pain and complex symptoms, alongside psychological support, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, complementary therapies and ‘diversion’ activities.

Picture by Chris Bull for St Catherine's Hospice 31/3/16A dedicated Family Support Team helps patients and their loved ones handle the practical issues of life with a serious illness. The team provides advice on a range of issues such as welfare and housing, carers’ support and bereavement support. The team also coordinates spiritual care at the hospice, working with volunteers and faith leaders in the community.

We also run an award-winning lymphoedema service based in the Woodside Clinic, within the grounds of St Catherine’s Park. The team works with both children and adults living with cancer and non-cancer related lymphoedema, offering state-of-the-art treatments to boost independence and quality of life.

As a centre of excellence in the field of palliative and end of life care, St Catherine’s is committed to sharing our specialised skills with other health and social care professionals through study sessions, conferences and training. In this way we can help more and more patients, families and communities to be able to help themselves and each other before more specialised, in-depth care is needed.

We also run a café and information centre called The Mill which is open to everyone. The Mill is a community hub where people can come and enjoy a cup of coffee or a light meal; patients can visit with their families; people can come and access advice and support from our information advisors; organisations can host meetings or organise activities in our first floor rooms; and family members can come back to reflect and walk in our beautiful grounds. For more information about The Mill and to plan your visit, click here.

The Role of Caldicott Guardian

A Caldicott Guardian is a senior person within a health or social care organisation who makes sure that the personal information about those who use its services is used legally, ethically and appropriately, and that confidentiality is maintained. Caldicott Guardians should be able to provide leadership and informed guidance on complex matters involving confidentiality and information sharing.
The Caldicott Guardian is sometimes referred to as the ‘conscience of the organisation’. Whilst it is important to protect information, there are occasions when it is just as important to share information; for example, to protect and safeguard the interests of a vulnerable person or child.
At St Catherine’s Hospice, the Board of Trustees has nominated Jimmy Brash, Director of Care, to fulfil this role at the Hospice.
Any requests for information should be addresses to the Caldicott Guardian at through the Hospice’s postal or email address. Alternatively, the Caldicott Guardian may be contacted via telephone on 01772 629171.