Care for Patients
Bedford Daycare Hospice provides holistic care for adults over the age of 18 suffering with a life-limiting illness and who are registered with a North or Mid-Beds GP.
Services are provided Monday to Friday from 10am to 3.30pm.
Cancer and non-cancer patients are cared for in a calm, homely atmosphere from the point of diagnosis, through investigations and treatment to remission or palliative care. The “whole person” is cared for: mind, body and spirit. Away from the clinical environment the patient can just be themselves in a safe place where the focus is on living.
Services at the hospice are free to patients and include the following:
- Access to a Registered Nurse on every visit to review pain and symptom control advice as necessary and refer to other members of the multi-disciplinary team as required
- Psychological care
- Counselling in a confidential setting
- Peer support/information sharing with others in a similar situation
- Cancer Education Programme for those at various stages of their cancer journey
- Complementary therapy to promote relaxation
- Long Term Conditions Education Programme
- Chair-based exercises and relaxation
- Outreach clinics
- Ways Ahead advice for those experiencing hair loss
- Health and Wellbeing Day
- Respite care
Therapies on offer include aromatherapy, massage, Reiki, reflexology and Indian head massage and are delivered in accordance with local and national guidelines. GP permission is sought before treatment and all therapies are provided by a team of volunteer complementary therapists who are qualified in their chosen therapy, fully insured and have been police checked. Therapies are given free of charge to patients and help to reduce anxiety, relieve stress and promote relaxation, bringing about a sense of well-being.
Long Term Conditions Education Programme
In conjunction with NHS Bedfordshire, Bedford Daycare Hospice offers a 10 week education programme for patients in the complex / palliative stage of the disease. The focus is on well-being and empowering the patient to self-manage their condition, recognise their limitations and adapt their life-style accordingly. Specialist nurses review the patient at various stages throughout the programme. Incorporated within the programme are education sessions from the physiotherapist, occupational therapist, dietician and speech and language therapist. Chair-based exercises, relaxation and complementary therapy are also offered.