Welcome to our Wellbeing Centre
Please note that coronavirus regulations have meant the suspension of Wellbeing Centre on-site services for the time being. Provisions are being made for supporting our patients in their own homes (thank you so much for bearing with us).
In normal times Wirral Hospice St John’s Wellbeing Centre nurtures a happy and relaxed atmosphere.
We support people to live their lives outside of the hospice, as well as they possibly can, given their diagnosed condition.
You may be referred to us by your GP, other community health professionals or by a hospice consultant.
You will typically attend on one day per week (either Tue/Wed/Thu or Friday for five or six hours ) over an eight week period.
Working on the advice of your hospice consultant, you will be able to talk about what matters to you and how we can best support you.
You will access the skills of a range of hospice professionals, supported by trained and experienced volunteers.
You will be offered some combination of the following therapies and activities for everyday living, all tailored to your personal needs and wishes,
- Occupational Therapy
- Spiritual care
- Creative Therapies
- Chair based exercise
- Enjoyable social activities
- Nursing care
- Healthcare assistance
- Social care advice
Please bring any personal essential aids you use for comfort and/or safety,
- Medication as appropriate
- Walking/Mobility aids
- Communication aids (Hearing aids, communication boards and ipads)
- Sunscreen (when outdoor activities are recommended)
- Hospice knowledge folder (to fill with appropriate person)
Advice and counselling in the following areas will help with various physical and your other important challenges,
- Fatigue Management
- Bodily function
- Sleep hygiene
- Medication management
- Peace of Mind
Other information for patients:
- A member of your family, or another friend or a carer, are welcome to accompany you during your first visit
- People most often choose to make their own way to the Wellbeing Centre (by being dropped off by a family member or other friend/carer to a point directly outside Wellbeing Centre & Outpatients reception)
- We also have a minibus, catering for a limited number of patients, which can collect you and take you home. This will be discussed with you upon referral
- Various refreshments, tea/coffee, biscuits, often cake and a nice lunch are provided
- You can also choose to attend our Evergreen Group* with a family member (while you are within, and after you have finished, your initial eight week referral)
- If you are staying on the inpatients ward for symptom control or pain management, or even at discharge, you may also be offered Wellbeing Centre services
- If you become unwell, between visits to the Wellbeing Centre, please contact your GP who remains in primary charge of your health care
- If you are deaf , have hearing loss or tinnitus, please let us know, we do have an hearing induction loop facility and/or a portable hearing device (Roger Pen).
- Patients and their closest relatives and/or carers are encouraged to meet to share their experiences.
- The group meets while patients are attending the Wellbeing Centre and/or after they have been discharged.
- Facilitated by hospice professionals, it’s a lively exchange between people of all kinds of experience, often punctuated with laughter, while accommodation is always made for a range of emotions to be expressed.