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St Barnabas House hospice works with individual patients, providing them with palliative care. Our patients suffer from serious illnesses, and are often approaching the end of their lives. The palliative care that we provide is aimed at supporting each individual patient, managing pain relief and maintaining the best quality of life and independence possible. We also offer a Hospice at Home service. Palliative care doesn’t cure an illness, but at St Barnabas House we can make our patients more comfortable, and give them back their dignity, which is often lost in illness. We treat every individual patient as a whole person, taking into account their life experience and current situation.
At the hospice, we have 20 bedrooms including five family rooms with space for relatives to stay. Each bedroom has en-suite facilities and access to a private garden. Our hospice moved to a new building in Titnore Lane in 2011.
Hospice at Home
The St Barnabas House Hospice at Home team support patients that need palliative care and wish to receive end of life care in their own homes. The St Barnabas Hospice at Home team are available seven days a week.
Our team of qualified and experienced complementary therapists work with our patients to release stress and tension, providing relaxation and relief. In some cases our choice of therapies can complement medical treatment and help manage difficult symptoms.
We set up our artist-in-residence project in 2005 to help our patients express themselves through creative means. Whether it is through photography, painting, song, dance, poetry or video – the focus is on expressing yourself. We find that this creative outlet helps patients to express emotions which otherwise are too difficult to explain, and provides a visual and physical memory for the family to cherish.
The Day Hospice
In the Day Hospice we can care for up to 18 patients, offering them an informal environment to meet other people who are undergoing palliative care. They can also take advantage of our complementary therapies, physiotherapy, Out-patient services, classes and medical treatments – as well as attending our regular social events.
Following the death of a relative or friend, we invite the bereaved to attend a number of social events and remembrance days to celebrate the lives of those who have passed away. We also run an ongoing support network of counsellor and bereavement visitors, who are available for up to 12 sessions.
You can find more information on the care services available at St Barnabas House hospice on our main website: www.stbarnabas-hospice.org.uk