Day Services

Our Day Services are open Tuesday to Friday each week and patients attend between 1000 and 1500. We have up to 15 patients per day and most patients attend on one regular day each week for a period of 12 weeks. You can attend all day or choose to attend for just morning or afternoon sessions.

Who will refer me?

You may have been referred by your GP, your district nurse or Macmillan Nurse or hospital consultant and we will first arrange to meet you either at home or at the hospice. At your first assessment we will assess your needs and decide, with you, which benefits you might gain from attending Day Services.

What I gain from attending?

If attending Day Services regularly you will have the opportunity to discuss your symptoms and any concerns you have with our nursing staff. Depending on your symptoms we may refer you to other services within the hospice e.g. complementary therapies, chaplaincy, music therapy or counselling. You will have the opportunity, in your own time to ask any questions and discuss any worries or concerns you have about the future. You may want to make some plans about how or where you would like to be looked after. Our staff will be keen to help you with these plans as it’s not always easy to discuss these with your family.

How will I spend my day?

Different activities take place at different times and we invite you to have a look at our sample timetable.

You will be offered drinks through the day and a freshly prepared lunch. Any special dietary requirements can be accommodated.

We would prefer that you made your own way or use MyBus to attend Kilbryde Hospice Day Services however if this is impractical then we do offer volunteer transport. Donations towards transport are very welcome.

How many weeks will I attend for?

Many people attending Day Services say that the greatest benefit of all is the opportunity to talk to others in similar situations to themselves living in a balance with their illness.

Like most hospice Day Services we operate an active discharge policy which we see as a positive process for patients who are well or their disease is stable. The discharge is tailored to individual needs with those approaching discharge attending on a Friday which is our Wellbeing Day. We may need to investigate alternative arrangements if continued care is required. All discharged patients are encouraged to attend our Drop In area for a cuppa and can partake in some gentle exercise on Fridays mornings. Discharged patients can be re- referred back at a later date if this is required.

Outpatient Clinics

Patients who for whatever reason prefer not to attend Day Services can maintain professional contact with the hospice by attending an outpatient clinic. Depending on symptoms and concerns, patients can attend to see a nurse, complementary therapist, and counsellor or music therapist. We also encourage carers to attend clinics to have their needs assessed independently of those of the patients they are caring for. We will arrange this carer assessment on your first visit.

Palliative Care Consultant clinics

Medical clinics are held in Day Services weekly by Dr Gordon Canning from St Andrews Hospice. Referrals to this clinic are via your GP or hospital consultant alternatively the request may come from one of the clinical team at the hospice.

Complementary Therapies

The complementary therapy service at Kilbryde Hospice is run within the Day Services department by Janice Allan our lead complementary therapist along with a small team of volunteers. Depending on your symptoms you will be assessed and an individual treatment plan suggested for you. The emphasis is on integration between complementary therapy and conventional medicine and providing supportive complementary treatments to aid mental and physical wellbeing.

What others think of Day Services….

  • “I don’t know how we would have coped if we hadn’t found the help provided by so many people, both professional and the volunteers when we did. The atmosphere at the hospice is difficult to describe – safe, supportive and happy are just some of the words that come to mind”
  • “There are no pills that could make me feel as good as the laughter I’ve had in Day Services today.”