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End of Life Journal

SOURCE: British Medical Journal, St Christopher's | TYPE: Articles

End of Life Journal was a free, online, peer-reviewed journal that published articles on all aspects of nursing practice relating to end-of-life care.

The journal was primarily aimed at generalist nurses working in hospital, community and care home settings. Many articles will also be of interest to the palliative care nursing audience as well as members of the wider multidisciplinary team.

The journal focused on care for patients with both malignant and non-malignant disease and their family and friends.

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Enigma 14

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An evening of music by Alwyn, Debussy and Martinu

Lisa Nelsen, Julian Metzger and Paul Turner have come together out of a passion for performing chamber music. The combination of wind, strings and piano offers intense tone colours, and shows the almost vocal power of communication between them, especially with flute, cello and piano.

Tonight’s programme includes music by Alwyn, Debussy and Martinu.

‘…a lively and fresh creative approach and they play with great authority as an ensemble – uplifting music-making’

How to book

To reserve your place at one of these exclusive concerts:

BOOK AND PAY ONLINE

  • Telephone reception on 0208 768 4500 – Money will be payable at the door

If you cancel a reserved place please let us know as numbers are limited.

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Exercise

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

Session 2 of the Fit for Life programme

In this video we hope to give you an understanding of what exercise is, the different types of exercise, what you might want to exercise and how you can put this into practice. The guidance here is general and may not be appropriate to you.

It is important that you speak to your healthcare professional if you have any concerns about exercising and that you work at your own pace and level. If you haven’t exercised recently we would always recommend that you start with moderate exercise rather than vigorous exercise.

If you have any questions about this video please email fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk

The links mentioned in the video are below:

Once you’ve watched this video, why not try out one of our short exercise videos?


Exercise at home

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

A set of four videos designed to help people through exercise

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Exercise at home

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

A set of four videos designed to help people through exercise.

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Exercise Group – David’s Seated Exercises

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Exercise group – David’s sitting and standing exercises

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Exercise Group online session 06.05.20

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Extended spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs)

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

What are ESBLs?

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Fabrics and Threads Group presents Textiles Exhibition

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St. Christopher’s Fabrics and Threads group will be exhibiting a selection of their quilts and textiles work.

Come along to an inspiring evening, with the opportunity to meet the artists and look forward to enjoying some wine and cheese whilst viewing these incredible works of art!

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Facing Death Creatively conference

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Death and Diversity: Exploring Creative Equality and Inclusion

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Fit for Life

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

Join us for a six-week programme of exercise and support, to help look after your mind, body and spirit. (more…)

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Fit for Life: Course introduction

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

Part of the Fit for Life programme

The aim of Fit for Life is to support your physical and emotional wellbeing through video sessions on exercise, sleep, mood and eating well amongst others. With plenty of advice and support available via email, this free series of videos will give you food for thought and the tools that you need to take action.

This programme is for anyone! If you are thinking about what’s important in life and how you might take steps to make positive changes in yours, this is the programme for you. These videos can benefit you whatever stage of your life you’re at and are especially pertinent during these challenging time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email the team at fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk


Fit for Life: Course summary

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

Part of the Fit for Life programme


Foundations in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

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Essential knowledge and skills

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Free critical training to help care home staff

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Training

Our End of Life Care webinar series launched April 16 and is free to all care homes. In this three-part weekly series, we share our expertise in practices such as Advance Care Planning, Coordinate my Care (myCMC), and Challenging Conversations – covering the important aspects of communications around death and dying during Covid-19.

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

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

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. (more…)

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Frequently asked questions about cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

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. (more…)

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Friday visits for professionals

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Postponed: virtual tours coming soon

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Friday Visits


Gardening vlog week 1

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

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Gardening vlog week 2

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Gardening vlog week 3

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

He’s back! Cliff, one of our volunteer gardeners at St Christopher’s Orpington, gives a tour of the beautiful gardens. With strict social distancing measures in place, he can show us how the garden has fared on its own for all those weeks!

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Goal setting

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

Session 1 of the Fit for Life programme

Knowing what you want to achieve and how to achieve it can be tricky. In this video we explore how and why we set goals as well as breaking down the process so that you can achieve your aims. The document in the video is available here and is thanks to Dr Sally Boa.

We recommended that you complete this document to support your goals. You can do this by pausing the video at any time. If you have any questions, please email fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk

Once you’ve watched this video, why not try out one of our short exercise videos?


Green Shoots garden photo competition

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Our Green Shoots garden photo competition has now closed and the winners will be announced on Monday 3 August. Watch this space!

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Guidelines when using syringe pump community charts

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Documents

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Healthcare associated infection – how you can help reduce it

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

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. (more…)

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Healthy Walks

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The regular Healthy Walks group – which normally meets on a Thursday – has set up weekly Zoom sessions and a WhatsApp group with the aim of keeping one other motivated to walk regularly.

So now, while the group can’t walk together, they ‘meet’ every Thursday at 1.30pm – the usual walking time for the group. There’s a quick ‘hello’ through Zoom or by phone, and then those who are able, each head out for their own walk. At 2.30pm when everyone gets back home, the group meets up again for a chat over a cup of tea for up to 40 minutes.

Alongside that, the WhatsApp group also allows the group to share photos and videos of what members are seeing in their local parks as Spring buds start to transform into Summer blooms.

All St Christopher’s friends, staff, patients, families and volunteers are welcome to join the group. Please contact Chris Warner c.warner@StChristophers.org.uk to request the Zoom details and, if you supply your mobile phone number, you can also be added to the WhatsApp group.

It’s not the same as walking and talking together in a group, but it’s one way to keep in touch and enjoy each other’s company until we can meet again in person.

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Keep walking.

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HEE guidance: Learning disability

SOURCE: Health Education England | TYPE: Guidance

HEE guidance: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, HEE, Skills for Care and the Department of Health and Social Care have decided to extend the deadline for tenders for trial and evaluation partners for the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training to 24 April at 18:00. This was communicated on 18 March, to those who had expressed an interest in bidding. The delay of one month extends the time existing bidders have left to submit from 7 to 26 working days

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Help during your bereavement

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

Is it normal to feel this way?

When someone who is important to us dies it can feel unbearable, as though our whole world has changed. As unique individuals, our response to loss is also likely to be unique, and can be affected by the relationship we had with the person who died. There is no right or wrong way to grieve.

Ways to think about grief

“In some ways the pain of grief itself stayed much the same … but as time went on my world expanded so it felt less suffocating”
Dr Lois Tonkin (2006)

Dr Lois Tonkin, who writes about loss and grief, suggests a helpful way that we can think about grief:

  1. At first it can feel as if grief has filled your entire life
  2. As the weeks and months go by, something important happens. The grief may stay the same, but your life starts to grow around it. You will have new experiences and begin to find moments of enjoyment
  3. Eventually your life will grow around the grief. It will always be there, and it may grow bigger at difficult times, but it will not dominate your life.

Some reactions to grief

Emotions

“I can’t stop crying and I feel really angry”

Grief can have a powerful effect on how we feel. Sadness is a natural response to grief, although not exclusively expressed through tearfulness. We may be surprised or shocked by some of the feelings we are experiencing or we might not be able to feel anything at all. Some may find it easier or harder than others to express and cope with the emotions they are experiencing. This range of responses to loss is normal.

Sleeping

“I can’t sleep and I’m exhausted”

Grieving can be exhausting. Some people notice they are sleeping more than usual, while others have restless sleep, interrupted by dreams, or they might wake up during the night and can’t get back to sleep. For others sleep continues as usual. Many sleep hygiene tips are widely accessible online including mindfulness and sleep apps. Keeping a bedtime routine, having a relaxing bath, exercising or avoiding caffeine, amongst other things, may help.

Eating

“I’m not interested in food” or “I can’t stop eating”

We may feel we can’t be bothered to cook or we don’t feel hungry. Alternatively, we may be comfort eating or drinking more than usual. Try to eat at least one healthy meal a day. It is important to look after ourselves as best we can as this is likely to have a positive effect on our overall wellbeing.

Concentration

“There’s so much to do but I can’t put my mind to it”

Grieving can affect every part of us; mind body and spirit. It might be hard to concentrate, maybe your thoughts are confused or you just don’t know where to start. It’s important to be gentle and compassionate and not expect too much of yourself.

Health

“I don’t feel so good, both physically and in myself”

It is not uncommon to experience physical and/or mental health symptoms and it is important not to neglect your health. Your GP can talk you through some options which might help. Physical exercise like a walk, going to the gym or gardening can be beneficial to wellbeing.

Anxiety

“There’s a knot in my stomach”

When things happen that are out of our control we can sometimes feel anxious or worried. Looking at ways we have coped with stress and loss in the past can often help us manage some of the things we are experiencing at present. There are many different techniques and activities which can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and different people will find things which work for them.

Will I ever feel the same again?

“I thought I was coping but now I’m going backwards”

When someone close to us dies, we know that life has changed and will never be exactly the same as before, but over time there will be an adjustment to this different life which will gradually become the new normal. Grief has its own pace so it will be different for each one of us. Bereavement is rarely experienced in a straight line so it’s natural that some days our bereavement will be more or less bearable than other days. It can often be affected by remembering through seasonal changes.

Family and support networks

“I don’t want to burden my family and friends”

We often hear that family and friends have been great but they have busy lives or they are bereaved too. We might not feel able to talk about how we really feel or we might have different ways of expressing grief and communicating than other family members. It can be helpful to find someone you know who is patient, kind and will listen to what you want to say about how you are feeling. Talking is part of the healing process. Some may find comfort in their faith and spirituality.

Practicalities

“Where do I start?”

It can seem like there is so much to do with new tasks to learn. Some people find it helpful to make a list of family/friends who could give practical help or advice, or to accept support already offered. Tackle things at your own pace and in your own time according to what works for you.

Are there things I can do that help?

  • It’s OK to have time off from your grief. Give yourself a welcome distraction if you feel able, like a cup of coffee with a friend or watching a film
  • Being outdoors around nature is often beneficial for your mental wellbeing
  • Find a healthy outlet to express your grief – through exercise, talking, journalling or painting
  • Let others know what support or help you need.

Here to help you

St Christopher’s Bereavement Team
Telephone 020 8768 4599
Email info@stchristophers.org.uk

Candle Child Bereavement Service
Telephone 020 8768 4533
Email info@stchristophers.org.uk

Anxiety UK
A charity offering support with anxiety.
www.anxietyuk.org.uk

Bereavement Advice Centre
Practical information and advice soon after a death.
Telephone 0800 634 9494 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm)
www.bereavementadvice.org

CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
Telephone 0808 802 5858 (daily, 5pm-12am)
www.thecalmzone.net

GriefChat
A free online space to text and talk.
www.griefchat.co.uk (Mon-Fri, 9am-9pm)

The Loss Foundation
Offering virtual support groups for those who have lost a loved one to cancer.
www.thelossfoundation.org

Samaritans
A free 24/7 safe place to talk, for those in crisis
Telephone 116 123
Email jo@samaritans.org
www.samaritans.org

Shout
A 24/7 UK text service for people in crisis.
Text 85258

Silverline
A helpline for anyone over 55 years of age
Telephone 0800 4 70 80 90 (daily, 24 hours)
www.thesilverline.org.uk

Video resources
A channel for guided mindfulness and meditation
www.youtube.com/user/getsomeheadspace

A TedTalk by Dr Susan Delaney about different grieving styles
www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_HVeL99eK4

A TedTalk by bereavement specialist Julia Samuel MBE about the power of pain www.youtube.com/watch?v=flijEwhjW0M

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Helping Hands Volunteers

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

This leaflet explains what you can expect from St Christopher’s Helping Hands volunteers. We hope to answer the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more questions please ask your
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Helping someone to take their medication

SOURCE: Marie Curie | TYPE: Guidance

Marie Curie’s advice on ‘Helping someone to take their medicine’

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How to complain or comment about our services

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

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. (more…)

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Hye-Youn Lee

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An evening of music with a top young coloratura soprano

Hye-Youn Lee is quickly emerging as one of the top young coloratura sopranos of our time with a silvery voice and a dramatic stage presence.

She was a member of both Les Jeunes Voix du Rhin at the Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg, and of L’Atelier Lyrique at the Opéra national de Paris. Other companies for whom she has sung include Opera North, Scottish Opera, Finnish National Opera and Bergen National Opera. Her roles include Donna Anna, Lucia di Lammermoor, Olympia and Violetta.

How to book

To reserve your place at one of these exclusive concerts:

BOOK AND PAY ONLINE

  • Telephone reception on 0208 768 4500 – Money will be payable at the door

If you cancel a reserved place please let us know as numbers are limited.

Hye-Youn Lee


If something happens to you as a carer

SOURCE: Marie Curie | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

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If something happens to you as a carer

SOURCE: Marie Curie | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

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Information about oxygen

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

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. (more…)

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Information about PPE

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

Personal protective equipment (PPE), environmental decontamination, clinical waste and aerosol generating procedures.

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Information for carers of St Christopher’s patients

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

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. (more…)

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Information to support education for care homes

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

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Infusion administration record checklist

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Documents

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Introduction to End of Life Care Course for Health and Social Care Assistants

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning

During the pandemic, this course is delivered virtually

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Introduction to End of Life Care for Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning

During the pandemic, this course is delivered virtually

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Just in case – medication for symptom control

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

This leaflet will provide you with information about the medicines that may have been prescribed for you in injectable form. If you have any questions or concerns please speak to your doctor or nurse.

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Leaflets for healthcare professionals

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflets

St Christopher’s has produced a range of information leaflets for patients and carers. Healthcare professionals and other organisations may use this material providing St Christopher’s is credited as author. Copyright remains with St Christopher’s Hospice. For further information regarding use of leaflet material, please contact the Communications Manager on tel: 020 8768 4585 or email: communications@stchristophers.org.uk

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Learning Disability Service useful resources

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

A range of resources and printable materials from Oxford Health NHS

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Lewisham Carer Telephone Support Service

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

A telephone support service for Lewisham carers to assess your needs and help you in your caring role.

Are you caring for someone who has a terminal illness or is nearing the end of their life? St Christopher’s Hospice provides the Lewisham Carer Telephone Support Service for Lewisham residents. This telephone support service can assess your needs and help you in your caring role.

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Live music events

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Join us throughout the year for this celebration of music at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham. Now in its 10th year, our live music events take place on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30pm.

Tickets include canapés and a glass of wine during the interval. Entry is free for all of our patients.

2020 concerts

To reserve your place at one of these exclusive performances:
2020 CONCERTS: BOOK AND PAY ONLINE

You can also book by telephoning reception on 0208 768 4500 – money will be payable on the door.

If you cancel a reserved place please let us know as numbers are limited.

‘Such variety, every evening is a new adventure’

‘Thank you for these wonderful musical evenings’

‘A rare treat – great music, great wine, great food’

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Living Well at Home

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

What is the Living Well at Home Team?

The Living Well at Home Team consists of therapists and volunteers working towards your goals with you in your own home. They can support you to try to improve your mobility, cope with breathlessness or fatigue, avoid falls, or enable you to better manage your activities of daily living.

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Management Course for StRs and SAS Doctors in Palliative Medicine

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In light of coronavirus, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone this course.

If you would like to be notified of the new dates for this course once they have been finalised, please email education@stchristophers.org.uk

The management course for StRs and SAS doctors in palliative medicine has been running since 2003, and we have now trained over 250 doctors from the United Kingdom and Ireland. It is currently the only comprehensive palliative medicine specific management course in the UK. Feedback from attendees is overwhelmingly positive, and most who come do so because of recommendations from previous course members. The maximum number of participants for any courses is 24 to optimise learning.


Managing acute disturbance in the context of COVID-19

SOURCE: National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low Secure Units | TYPE: Guidance

National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care guidance on supporting patients presenting acute disturbance

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Managing breathlessness

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

Four videos designed to give people advice about managing breathlessness

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Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes

SOURCE: British Geriatrics Society | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

British Geriatrics Society have developed guidance to help care home staff and NHS staff who work with them to support residents

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Meaning

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

Session 6 of the Fit for Life programme

If you have any questions about this session please email fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk

Once you’ve watched this video, why not try out one of our short exercise videos?


Measuring blood pressure – visual support

SOURCE: Health Education England | TYPE: Videos

A lesson for all health and care workers in measuring the blood pressure of a patient in relation to National Early Warning Score (NEWS)

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Measuring blood sugar

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Videos

This video shows you how to check your blood glucose level.

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Medicines A to Z

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

NHS A to Z list of medicines

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Meditation – More than you can handle?

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

From the book Postcards from Heaven, words and pictures to help you hear from God, but Ellie Hart.

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Meditation – the art of firewalking

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Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and the COVID-19 crisis

SOURCE: Social Care Institute for Excellence | TYPE: Guidance

Mental Capacity Assessment

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Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

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. (more…)

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Mick Sands

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An evening of traditional Irish folk music

Another evening of traditional Irish folk music, exploring the rich variety of dance music styles from hop jigs, slip jigs, reels and hornpipes, highlands, mazurkas and polkas; including tunes that have emigrated from Sweden, France, Romania and Portugal.

There will be story songs from the cynical, the profane and the heartfelt and airs of wistful, time-altering beauty, hopefully shedding some light and warmth in the darkening evenings.

‘A masterclass in subtlety and restraint… musical soul food’

How to book

To reserve your place at one of these exclusive concerts:

BOOK AND PAY ONLINE

  • Telephone reception on 0208 768 4500 – Money will be payable at the door

If you cancel a reserved place please let us know as numbers are limited.

Mick Sands


Mindful breathing

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Videos

Take a break from your desk to enjoy this short video on mindful breathing led by Sarah.

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Mindfulness Live Events

SOURCE: | TYPE: Webinar

Stirling Moorey is a Consultant Psychiatrist in CBT, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Visiting Senior Lecturer Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Stirling provides weekly mindfulness sessions. To be included in the notifications for these sessions, please email Stirling on Stirling.Moorey@slam.nhs.uk


Morphine and other opioids for pain

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

‘Opioids’ are a group of medicines used to treat and manage moderate to severe pain. The most widely-known opioid is morphine. Others include oxycodone, fentanyl and codeine. Opioids work well for many types of pain and are most commonly used after surgery and for cancer pain.

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Motor Neurone Disease: The Annual Conference

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Rescheduled for July 2021

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MND event


MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care

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Highly praised by the United Kingdom Quality Assurance Agency

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MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care


My Marathon Virtual Running Challenge

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Run, walk, hop, skip or jump a marathon for St Christopher's - either in one go or split over any number of sessions!

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Virgin London Marathon


My Prudential RideLondon

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NHS Advance Care Planning

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Guidance

This guide is for people who are approaching the end of their life. Some parts of it may also be useful for people who are caring for someone who is dying, or people who want to plan in advance for their own end of life care.

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NHS England: Infection control

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Weblinks and Resource Lists

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Environmental decontamination, Clinical waste & Aerosol generating procedures

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NHS staff support telephone line

SOURCE: NHS | TYPE: Telephone

The NHS have introduced a confidential staff support line, operated by the Samaritans and free to access from 7:00am – 11:00pm, seven days a week.

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Non-Medical Prescribers – Community of Practice

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Annual Subscription Oct 2020 - Sep 2021

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Update for Independent Nurse and Pharmacist Prescribers in Palliative Care


Non-medical prescribing in palliative care during Covid-19 webinar

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning, Webinar

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Update for Independent Nurse and Pharmacist Prescribers in Palliative Care


Online Charity Talent Event

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One Art One World are hosting a Charity Talent Event with free live music and live painting on Facebook and YouTube. You can donate and buy art on the day.

 

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Oxygen saturation measurement – visual support

SOURCE: Health Education England | TYPE: Videos

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Palliative And End Of Life Care Foundations

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Standalone module at Level 6 (degree) or optional module for the post-qualification BSc programme for registered nurses

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Palliative And End Of Life Care Foundations


Palliative and End of Life Care Symptom Management

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Education


Palliative Care Study Day for Registered Nurses

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Preparing for a funeral

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Leaflet

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. (more…)

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PRN As required – SC Injection chart

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Documents

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Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100

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Unfortunately, 2020 Prudential Ride London have announced that this event is now cancelled.

Will Norman, the Mayor’s Walking & Cycling Commissioner, said: “RideLondon has been one of the highlights of the capital’s event calendar for the last seven years, so it is obviously disappointing that it cannot be staged this year. This summer we hope that millions of Londoners will alter their travel habits by making journeys by bike instead of driving or using public transport. But it is absolutely the right decision to cancel this year’s event to ensure the safety of everyone involved and we all look forward to welcoming RideLondon back again in the near future.”

 

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Putting on PPE – visual support

SOURCE: HywelDdaHealthBoard | TYPE: Videos

YouTube video – Infection prevention control guidance to staff – Donning and Doffing

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Quality End of Life Care for All (QELCA)©

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Quality End of Life Care for All (QELCA©) Train the Trainer Programme

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Quiz and puzzle games

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Join us every Monday on Zoom for quizzes, games and puzzles. Run by our Wellbeing Team, this group will give you the opportunity to connect with others, put your mind to the test and have fun.

All our online sessions are free to join. If you are able to, please consider a small donation to our emergency appeal.

 

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Re-use of medicines in care homes webinar

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning, Webinar

Part of the End of Life Care Webinar series in relation to Covid-19 for care homes (including mental health and learning disabilities) in the South East London and Croydon area

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Recognising Dying and Last Days of Life webinar for care homes

SOURCE: St Christopher's | TYPE: Virtual learning, Webinar

Part of the End of Life Care Webinar series in relation to Covid-19 for care homes (including mental health and learning disabilities) in the South East London and Croydon area

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Registered Managers Network in partnership with Skills for Care

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'Supporting those on the frontline through Covid-19 and beyond'

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Regular and Single Stat Dose – SC and IM – Injections Chart

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Relaxation

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A short guided relaxation exercise.

Please note that all exercises demonstrated and repetitions suggested are a guide. Please start with whatever you can do and build up gradually over time. Remember to rest as needed between repetitions and between exercises. If you feel dizzy or have chest pains when exercising stop immediately and seek medical help. 

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Relaxation group

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Join us to check in to see how we’re all doing and take some time for yourself to truly relax. Facilitated by one of our Complementary Therapists, these relaxation classes are free and are open to everyone.

Each session will be delivered in two parts:

Part one: A gentle warm-up such as self-massage

Part two: A guided relaxation session

All our online sessions are free to join. If you are able to, please consider a small donation to our emergency appeal.

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Remembering together

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Currently, many of the familiar traditions and rituals shared by families and friends of a person who has died are not possible. Yet we all need ways in which we can remember a person we love who has died, perhaps by reflecting on their life, lighting a candle as a sign of hope, saying a prayer or, talking about the deceased person in phone or video calls.

Over the coming weeks, we are offering you the opportunity to remember your family member or friend in a short reflective act which we will hold in the Pilgrim Room at St Christopher’s. This will be live streamed via Zoom. The focus of this 10 minute event will be the reading of names of those who have died and lighting a Candle for Remembrance. The candle will remain alight in the Pilgrim Room as a sign of the shared act of recollection.

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Remembering with Ribbons Service

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We hope that you’ll join us for our virtual Remembering with Ribbons service to remember friends and family who are no longer with us and reflect on the memories of your time together.

If you would like to dedicate a ribbon and join the service, you can make a dedication here. Once you’ve made your dedication, you will be emailed a link to join the livestream in the week leading up to the event.

The service will be livestreamed from the hospice on Sunday 23 August and will led by our Spiritual Care Lead, Andrew Goodhead. The service will include readings and moments of quiet reflection to remember your loved one.

We will also be showing a special dedication video with the names of everyone who has had a ribbon dedicated to them this summer.

 

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Remembering with St Christopher’s, Orpington

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Remember loved ones and absent friends by dedicating a light on one of our remembrance trees

This short service will be led by our Spiritual Care Lead with carols from our Community Choir and the lighting of a remembrance tree. Being with others who are also experiencing loss can be a great source of comfort and an important way of celebrating the lives of those close to you. This event is open to anyone, not just people whose loved ones were cared for by St Christopher’s or another hospice.

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Remembering with St Christopher’s, Sydenham

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This year's service will be held in Crystal Palace Park due to building works at our Sydenham site

Our remembrance events give you the opportunity to remember loved ones and absent friends by dedicating a light on one of our remembrance trees. This short service will be led by our Spiritual Care Lead with carols from our Community Choir and the lighting of a remembrance tree. Being with others who are also experiencing loss can be a great source of comfort and an important way of celebrating the lives of those close to you. This event is open to anyone, not just people whose loved ones were cared for by St Christopher’s or another hospice.

There will be no changes to the Remembering with St Christopher’s event at our Orpington site which will continue as normal on Sunday 24 November.


Rising to the Challenge in Nursing webinar series

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Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

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Due to the situation regarding the current Covid-19 pandemic and the associated, ongoing restrictions, Royal Parks Half Marathon, presented by Royal Bank of Canada, will not be going ahead as planned on Sunday 11 October 2020.  The Royal Parks Half Marathon rescheduled date is Sunday 11 April 2021.

The Royal Parks Half Marathon starting and finishing in the stunning Hyde Park. Over 16,000 runners take part in the 13.1 mile route, showcasing the iconic sights of London through four Royal Parks (Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park, and The Green Park) and past some of the capital’s most historic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and the Royal Albert Hall. Although undulating in parts, the course is not hilly and is great for either experienced or first time half marathon runners.

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Seated Exercise with Story

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Skydive

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Imagine standing at the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft flying at 12,000 feet – the noise of the engines and the wind ringing in your ears with only the outline of distant fields below. Now imagine leaning forward out of that doorway and letting go – falling forward into the clouds, skydiving down through the air as you start freefalling at over 120mph! It could be you!

Charity place payment options

For a charity place there are two payment options:

Option A – Self-fund option: Pay the full cost of your jump which is £250 weekends and bank holidays and £230 weekdays.  By choosing this option any funds you raise will go to St Christopher’s and there is no set target for you to raise.

Option B: If you raise a minimum of £380 by asking your friends and family to sponsor you the jump can be free to you.  This means you pay for it out of the money you raise and donate at least £130 to your charity! Full details in information pack.

Please do not be put off by this amount – if you ask everybody you know to sponsor you, you will find you can quite easily raise the required amount.

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Sleep

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Session 5 of the Fit for Life programme

Do you have difficulty getting to sleep or difficulty staying asleep? Maybe you want to find out more about how you can improve your sleep routine. Sarah will take you through some of the difficulties many people face and the things that you can do to overcome them.

If you have any questions about this session, please email the team at fitforlife@stchristophers.org.uk

Once you’ve watched this video, why not try one of our short exercise videos?


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