Thursday 10 January saw St Christopher’s launch a series of video clips designed to introduce patients and families to the support available at the hospice and offer viewers reassurance and guidance.
The 15 videos, all around a minute long, feature staff members talking about the different types of services on offer and how St Christopher’s may be able to help.
These services range from arts to rehabilitation to bereavement support for adults and children.
It is hoped that this catalogue of films will help to take the edge off of what is often a daunting experience for many, and demonstrate the variety of ways in which St Christopher’s is there for those that need support.
These films are really important to give an insight into the care available, and to put faces to names
Helena Talbot-Rice, Rehabilitation and Wellbeing Lead at St Christopher’s explains: “The word ‘hospice’ can sometimes be scary for both patients and their loved ones. These films are really important to give an insight into the care available, and to put faces to names. We hope they will help people to feel that bit more confident when hearing about St Christopher’s for the first time and reassure them that we are there to help.”
These video clips are available to watch at www.stchristophers.org.uk/hereforyou
Alongside these clips, another four films, funded by the Sebba Trust, have also been published to help patients manage breathlessness. Breathlessness can be a frightening and restrictive symptom that many people with a life limiting illness experience.
The Breathlessness Management Service at St Christopher’s is a series of group sessions run to help people to understand breathlessness and teach strategies to cope with it better. Some people are unable to attend a group, so these videos are there to help them, as well as their families and carers, to access the same advice and information. For those that have attended the group, it is hoped that the films will provide a helpful refresher.
The Breathlessness Management video clips are available to watch at http://www.stchristophers.org.uk/videos/managing-breathlessness/