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 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.
A 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.