Penrith Day Hospice
Penrith Day Hospice provides Specialist Palliative Day Care for people living with a variety of life limiting illnesses. It is located in the grounds of Penrith Community Hospital.
The Day Hospice is open to patients each Thursday from 10am to 3pm. Their families can also access support informally at this time or more formally between 2pm and 3pm on the first Thursday of each month.
The service offers holistic care (emotional, spiritual, social and medical care) provided by a multidisciplinary team comprising of doctors, nurses, a chaplain, a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist who all work alongside a dedicated team of volunteers. Additionally, each patient will have the opportunity to be assessed on a weekly basis for any changes in their condition.
The hospice team works closely with other services such as district nurses, Macmillan, Hospice at Home (including nursing support, complimentary therapy, lymphoedema therapy and counselling), as well as social services and speech and language therapists.
Friendliness and informality are key to the atmosphere the service aims to create. Patients attending Penrith Day Hospice can take part in new experiences and a range of activities including art, music and quizzes. Various types of therapy are available for those who wish to receive them, including massage and aromatherapy, shortness of breath management, yoga and dance. Each person attending is free to choose whether or not to participate in any of the organised activities.
If you are interested in this service, please contact either Penrith Day Hospice directly on 01768 245577, or ask your GP, Nurse or Social Worker for a referral.
You can hear about the experiences of some of the patients who have benefited from attending this service in the short films below: