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Additional information on medicines used in symptom control

This leaflet contains further information on your medicines and the way that we sometimes use them in palliative care. If you have any more questions please ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. ...read full leaflet

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Advance Care Planning

This leaflet explains how to consider your choices and preferences for the future - if you have any other questions, we hope you will talk them over with a member of staff who will be glad to help. ...read full leaflet

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Barrier Nursing

This leaflet aims to answer questions that you or your visitors may have about barrier nursing. We hope to answer your concerns by concentrating on the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more questions please ask your doctor or nurse. ...read full leaflet

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Bereavement

Most people will experience bereavement at some time in their life. Everyone reacts to their loss in their own unique way Grief can be very painful and may give rise to feelings and thoughts that you don’t expect. You may find the information in this leaflet helpful. ...read full leaflet

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Breathlessness

This leaflet will provide you with basic advice to help you manage your breathlessness. It is intended to act as a reminder following a physiotherapy session - please ask if you have any questions. ...read full leaflet

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Candle: Children and Funerals

Children and Funerals Parents and carers want to do the best for their children, and it is very hard to know what is best for them when a death has happened.You are trying to come to terms with what has happened, cope with painful and difficult feelings, and there are so many decisions and choices to be made. ...read full leaflet

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Candle: Children, Young People and Loss

The effects of bereavement All of us face an enormous challenge when someone close to us dies or is very ill. At such times it can feel very hard to know how best to help children and young people affected by the loss. ...read full leaflet

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Candle: How to help your bereaved child

How to help your bereaved child You may be bereaved yourself, and may be finding it hard to keep your child’s needs in mind with all that is happening.The following points are a guide to help you focus on what is going on for them. ...read full leaflet

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Candle: Someone close has died

How to help a bereaved young person – a guide for adults Every year many young people experience the death of someone they are close to. Some of these deaths will be sudden and some will be after a long illness, but all losses can be difficult for teenagers. This leaflet is designed to help you understand some of the aspects of a death that are hard for young people and to give some ideas about how you can offer support. ...read full leaflet

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Candle: Someone has died suddenly

Helping your child Everyone is very shocked when someone dies suddenly. There has been no time to prepare and often no warning that the person was going to die. Shock affects adults and children physically and emotionally, and some of the effects you may notice are feeling dizzy or sick, shaky, shivery, hot and cold. After a shock we often feel very unsafe for a while, and need to take things quietly. This leaflet mentions some of the things you and your child may be feeling. ...read full leaflet

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Caring for someone with advanced dementia

This leaflet has been compiled by nurses from the Care Home Project Team at St Christopher’s in collaboration with nurses from dementia care units to help support relatives of people with advanced dementia living and dying in care homes. ...read full leaflet

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Choosing and moving to a care home

This leaflet aims to provide helpful information for people who are considering moving to a care home. It is particularly for inpatients at St Christopher’s Hospice and their families, or for people being helped by St Christopher’s or Harris HospisCare home care teams. ...read full leaflet

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Circuit classes group

Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12 noon to 1pm at St Christopher’s Hospice If you are interested in this class, please speak to your homecare nurse, day centre nurse or give your name to the Anniversary Centre Coordinator. We will then contact you. ...read full leaflet

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Clostridium difficile (C.diff)

This leaflet gives you information on Clostridium difficile (C.diff) and how St Christopher’s is working to control it. ...read full leaflet

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

You have been referred to the cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) clinic here at St Christopher’s Hospice either because you have asked for some help or because a member of the team has suggested that you come. This leaflet aims to answer some of the more common questions about CBT and help you understand a little more about what to expect. ...read full leaflet

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Coming to St Christopher’s Hospice as an inpatient

This leaflet explains what you can expect as an inpatient at St Christopher’s. We hope to answer your concerns by concentrating on the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more questions please ask your doctor or nurse. ...read full leaflet

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Community support volunteers

This leaflet explains what you can expect from the St Christopher's Group community support volunteer service. We hope to answer the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more questions please ask your doctor or nurse. ...read full leaflet

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Complementary therapies

This leaflet explains about complementary therapies available at St Christopher’s and Harris HospisCare – if you have any other questions, we hope you will talk them over with a member of staff who will be glad to help. If you are thinking of using another complementary therapy service, please ask us for further information. ...read full leaflet

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Consent – what you have a right to expect

1 What does consent really mean? Before any doctor, nurse or therapist examines or treats you, they must seek your permission or ‘consent’ to do so. This could simply mean following their suggestions, such as your GP asking to have a look at your throat and you showing your consent by opening your mouth. Sometimes they will ask you to sign a form, depending on the seriousness of what they’re proposing or whether it carries risks as well as benefits. ...read full leaflet

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Coping with dying

This leaflet describes some of the physical changes that happen to people as they start to die. It anticipates some of the questions you may want to ask about what is happening and why, and encourages you to ask for further help or information if there is anything at all that is worrying you. ...read full leaflet

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Coping with feelings of depression

1 Coping with feelings of depression There is no right or wrong way to feel when you or someone close to you has a terminal illness. You may experience a range of emotions, at different times. You may feel shock, fear, anger and resentment. Or you may feel helpless, sad, frustrated or perhaps experience relief and acceptance. You may also feel isolated and alone, even if you have family and friends around you. ...read full leaflet

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Cornea and tissue donation

1 Cornea donation – giving someone the gift of sight From our experience at the hospice we know that organ/tissue donation can help patients and families feel comforted by knowing that they have given hope to others, and that some good has come out of their loss. However, we also realise that not everyone feels comfortable with taking such a step. ...read full leaflet

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Difficulty Sleeping

1 Introduction Lots of people have a problem with sleeping at some time during their lives. If you are ill, sleep can be hard because of anxiety, worry about treatment, fears about the future, or just because you are going through a stressful time in your life. ...read full leaflet

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Do I need to make a Will?

This leaflet is intended for general guidance only and we suggest that you obtain proper legal advice if you are in doubt about the meaning of anything. Some of the legal terms used in this leaflet are explained below. ...read full leaflet

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Fatigue and breathlessness group

Every Thursday 12 noon to 1pm at St Christopher’s Hospice Fatigue and breathlessness are common problems for people at St Christopher’s. The following information should answer any questions you may have about the course. ...read full leaflet

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Fluids and the use of artificial hydration

This leaflet answers some frequently asked questions about fluids and the use of artificial hydration (fluid intake given by a drip) in advanced illness. It is aimed mainly at carers, but some patients may also find this information helpful. ...read full leaflet

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Frequently asked questions about ‘next of kin’ and power of attorney

When you are referred to our services, one of the questions we will ask you is about your ‘next of kin’. This is a term that most people have come across without knowing exactly what it means. This leaflet aims to explain it. ...read full leaflet

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Frequently asked questions about blood transfusions

This leaflet gives information about blood transfusions. We hope to answer your concerns by concentrating on the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more questions please ask your doctor or nurse. ...read full leaflet

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Frequently asked questions about cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

This leaflet gives St Christopher’s patients information about the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) policy. You and people close to you may find it helpful to go through this leaflet with a doctor or nurse in case you have any further questions or concerns. ...read full leaflet

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Frequently asked questions about morphine

This leaflet gives information about pain control and morphine. We hope to answer your concerns by concentrating on the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more questions please ask your doctor or nurse. ...read full leaflet

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Healthcare associated infection – how you can help reduce it

Infection control is everyone’s responsiblity. This leaflet aims to help patients and their visitors understand the importance of preventing infection. We have replied to the most commonly asked questions but if you have any other concerns or questions, please speak to your nurse. ...read full leaflet

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Help during your bereavement

When someone dies who is important to us, it can leave an empty space in our lives and it is natural to experience strong feelings. Perhaps you feel sad that they are no longer with you, bad that you could not do enough, guilt about your relief that they no longer have to suffer illness or frailty, anxious about how your life will be changed. There may also be practical problems for you and other people who share your loss, such as children or family members. ...read full leaflet

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How to complain or comment about our services

1 How to comment or complain about our services Your comments help to improve our services. We improve our services by listening to and learning from your comments and complaints. Please talk to any of our staff at any time. You can also put a note in the suggestions box at reception - you don’t have to give your name. ...read full leaflet

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Information about oxygen

1 Why have I been given oxygen? Oxygen is vital for our bodies and having low oxygen levels can make you feel very unwell. There are many causes of low oxygen levels: for example, chronic lung diseases, pneumonia and blood clots in the lungs. ...read full leaflet

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Information for carers of St Christopher’s patients

This leaflet aims to answer questions that you may have about caring and St Christopher’s. We hope to answer your concerns by concentrating on the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more questions please ask your doctor or nurse. ...read full leaflet

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Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

This leaflet has been devised to help patients and their visitors to understand MRSA. We hope to answer your concerns by concentrating on the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more questions please ask your doctor or nurse. ...read full leaflet

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Pilates mat/chair work group

Every Monday 12 noon to 1pm at St Christopher’s Hospice Pilates is one type of group exercise class we run at St Christopher’s Hospice. The following information should answer some of the questions you may have about participating and whether this type of class is suitable for you. ...read full leaflet

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Preparing for a funeral

A funeral is a significant event. It may not be easy to think about, whether your own or that of a relative; for example how best to commemorate a life, what to include or leave out. However, planning a funeral can be helpful for those who are approaching the end of life and is one way of ensuring that their wishes are respected. ...read full leaflet

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Social work and welfare for the St Christopher’s Group

The social workers and welfare officers employed by the St Christopher’s Group provide expert support and advice to St Christopher’s and Harris HospisCare patients and their families. They can visit you at home, see you in the Anniversary Centre and the Caritas Centre or meet you somewhere else if you prefer. ...read full leaflet

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The Anniversary Centre

1 About the Anniversary Centre The Anniversary Centre is open to St Christopher’s patients, their families, carers, friends and the general public seven days a week between 8am and 9pm. ...read full leaflet

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The bathing and hairdressing service at St Christopher’s Hospice

This leaflet explains what you can expect from the bathing and hairdressing service at St Christopher's. We hope to answer the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more questions please ask your doctor or nurse. ...read full leaflet

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Transport and St Christopher’s Anniversary Centre

The Anniversary Centre In 2009 we opened a beautiful new centre for the benefit of patients and families. As well as a large social space with a care and information centre, we have a rehabilitation gym, bathing suites and a hairdressing salon. We have also created 12 new consultation rooms where members of our nursing, medical, social work and welfare and complementary therapy teams will be able to see you for a planned appointment. ...read full leaflet

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User forum – an invitation to tell us what you think about our services

1 What is a User Forum? It is a meeting of patients and carers with some St Christopher’s staff. We meet twice a year to discuss the services St Christopher’s provides, and look at ways they could be improved. The meetings are led by staff who are not responsible for day-to-day care, to help you feel comfortable about speaking openly and honestly about the services you receive from the hospice. ...read full leaflet

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Why won’t they eat?

This leaflet aims to answer frequently asked questions about appetite and weight loss when the person you are caring for is very ill. It accompanies the one on fluids and the use of artifical hydration in advanced disease and is aimed mainly at carers. However, some patients may also find this information helpful. ...read full leaflet

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Your bereavement: claiming welfare benefits

If your partner has died and you are over pension age State Retirement Pension If you are married and over pension age when your wife, husband or civil partner dies you may be able to claim extra retirement pension based on their national insurance record if it is better than yours. This should be sorted out automatically by the Department of Work and Pensions once they have been informed of your spouse’s death. You should only need to make a new claim if you do not already get a retirement pension. ...read full leaflet

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Your bereavement: dealing with the financial affairs of someone who has died

This is a very brief summary of some of the issues involved with dealing with the financial affairs of someone who has died. It is intended as an overview, and should be used as a guideline only and not a full statement of the law. Please seek further legal advice for clarification. These guidelines apply to England only, the law differs in Wales and Scotland. ...read full leaflet

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Your information: how we use and keep it

1 Our patients We collect a lot of personal information from and about you, your family and from other services. We need this information so that we can provide you with highest quality care and treatment. This personal information includes: details about you, such as your address, date of birth, occupation details of treatment, investigations, care and advice we have given you and relevant information from and about people who care for you and know you well, such as relatives, carers and health professionals. ...read full leaflet

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