St Christopher's is opening up hospice care

St Christopher's and other UK hospices are opening up hospice care to reach the many people in our communities affected by terminal illness

Open up hospice care

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Changing people’s attitudes towards death and dying

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Julia France’s story

"People mustn’t be frightened of the hospice; it’s just a word that we’re conditioned to feel frightened of"

Open up hospice care

Julia France's daughter, Sadie Rance, died of ovarian cancer aged 24 in March 2015.

"When we first heard about St Christopher's Sadie refused to go. She thought you’d go there to die and it would be full of old people, not young people like her. So they came to our home.

"Sadie wanted to die at home and I knew that St Christopher’s would make it happen. The hospice sent a doctor round who supported our decision and said no to the paramedics taking her in.

"People mustn’t be frightened of the hospice; it’s just a word that we’re conditioned to feel frightened of. It’s there if we want it and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

"We are eternally grateful to [Phillipa Sellar, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Young Adult’s Group Co‑Ordinator] and all at St Christopher’s whom looked after my whole family, so very well."


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Julia and Sadie

Creating conversations
in Croydon

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Dying well takes planning

Join us for talks, workshops, presentations and Death Cafés to help break down the silence around death

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Investing in the future

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Learning Hub

Continuing to support professionals and paid carers and extending education to all

We are a world leader in end of life care, research and education and we are investing in a new Learning Hub in Sydenham that will share expertise more widely with professionals working locally, nationally and internationally.

We will be able to train many more people using vital new facilities such as a skills lab for practical, hands-on learning, and improved e-learning facilities. Crucially, the Learning Hub will also extend our education to new groups including the families, friends and carers of our patients, and patients themselves.

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