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Leaflet

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. (more…)

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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.
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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. (more…)

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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.
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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.
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Weblinks and Resource Lists

Coronavirus (Covid-19) if you’re affected by terminal illness

Marie Curie’s advice on understanding covid-19 if you’re affected by a terminal illness

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/help/support/coronavirus
Videos

Depression and low mood

Session 7 of the Fit for Life Programme

Low mood is common and maybe even more prevalent at this time. Lauren will talk you though the common things you may feel and how to identify if you need more support as well as strategies that might help you.

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Eating well

Session 3 of the Fit for Life programme

In this session our Dietician, Lorna, will explore the principles of healthy eating and how you can put this into practice. You can also visit the British Dietetic Association website for more healthy eating resources.

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Videos

Exercise

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.

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Exercise at home

A set of four videos designed to help people through exercise

https://www.stchristophers.org.uk/videos/exercises/
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Exercise at home

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

https://www.stchristophers.org.uk/videos/exercises/
Videos

Exercise Group – David’s Seated Exercises

Videos

Fit for Life: Course introduction

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.

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Fit for Life: Course summary

Part of the Fit for Life programme

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Goal setting

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.

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Hand massage

Alternative video (no introduction):

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Videos

Introduction to Qigong

Leaflets

Leaflets for healthcare professionals

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

http://www.stchristophers.org.uk/patients/leaflets
Videos

Lying exercises

Exercises that you can do lying down

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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Videos

Managing breathlessness

Four videos designed to give people advice about managing breathlessness

https://www.stchristophers.org.uk/videos/managing-breathlessness/
Guidance

Managing your Breathlessness Booklet

Practical advice and techniques to help you manage your breathlessness

Living with breathlessness can be very distressing. Breathlessness itself can lead to inefficient breathing patterns, reduced activity and fitness, as well as anxiety and panic.

Each of these effects can increase breathlessness, creating negative spirals of increasing breathlessness and distress.

This booklet will provide you with practical advice and techniques to help you manage your breathlessness.

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StChris Managing your breathlessness booklet

Videos

Meaning

Session 6 of the Fit for Life programme

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Weblinks and Resource Lists

Medicines A to Z

NHS A to Z list of medicines

https://www.nhs.uk/medicines/
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Meditation and Mindfulness sessions – watch again

Webinar

Mindfulness Live Events

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

Guidance

NHS Advance Care Planning

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.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/end-of-life-care/?tabname=planning-ahead
Videos

Palliative Rehabilitation

A useful video from All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65065nCmNjo
Leaflet

Pressure ulcers

Remember that skin awareness is key to early prevention.

What is a pressure ulcer?

A pressure ulcer is damage that occurs on the surface and underlying tissues of the skin due to the lack of blood and oxygen supply. You may have known them as pressure sores or bedsores, but they are now called pressure ulcers.

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Relaxation

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

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Seated exercises

Exercises that you can do sitting down

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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Exercise sitting

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Sleep

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.

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Staying connected

Session 4 of the Fit for Life programme

Sometimes we struggled to feel part of our community and this can be even more difficult at the present time. In this video Vincent explores the importance of staying connected and how we can support ourselves. He also covers how we can encourage other to help us to achieve our goals.

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Thinking ahead – planning for the future

Session 8 of the Fit for Life programme

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Worry

Session 9 of the Fit for Life programme

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