Our Day service is open 3 days a week and sees 15 patients each day. Our patients come in from home to spend the day under the care of the Day service team. The team include a doctor, nurses, volunteers, complementary therapists and chaplaincy.
Most patients arrive in the morning on booked transport at Meadow House Hospice and leave around mid-afternoon.
Day service places are allocated according to the needs of the individual patient. The frequency of visits could be every week, every fortnight or every month depending on the situation.
We accept referrals for Day service from the patient’s Clinical Nurse Specialist, primary care team or any other healthcare professionals involved in a patient’s care.
Day service is not suitable for patients who are significantly confused, who can only be moved by stretcher, or for those with acute medical problems.
Patients can take part in activities like gardening, arts and crafts and seasonal celebrations. If necessary, patients can be seen by a specialist nurses or doctor who can advise and liaise with the patient’s own GP or hospital team.
We have access to a small team of individuals who provide a range of complementary therapies. This includes a reflexologist that practises 1 day a week, providing targeted foot massage.
Family Support Service
Emotional, psychological, social and financial difficulties can develop in the context of serious illness or as dying and death approach. The Family Support Service exists to help patients and families to cope with these challenges.
The Family Support Service includes a Benefits Advisor, 2 Social Workers and a Clinical Psychologist. Patients and family member can request this support if they feel the need for counselling or non-medical advice. If a member of the Meadow House team thinks there is a need for this extra support, he or she will offer to make the referral.