Staff celebrate year of hospice day therapy

Staff and patients at day therapy at Grantham Hospice. 681C
Staff and patients at day therapy at Grantham Hospice. 681C
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STAFF at Grantham Hospice are celebrating the first anniversary of the day therapy unit, in Barrowby Road, Grantham.

Day therapy, which was introduced after the hospice was extended and refurbished last year, provides a range of services to patients including fatigue management, exercise classes, physiotherapy, occupational 
therapy and complementary therapy.

Team leader Rachel Jones said: “The day therapy service commenced in September 2011 and has grown beyond all recognition. During this time, we have supported 248 patients and had 2,001 appointments; designing an individual programme of therapies for each patient.”

The patients using the service are over 18 years old and have a life-limiting condition or an uncertain diagnosis.

They can be referred to the service by any healthcare professional or can refer themselves.

Rachel added: “Just as importantly we are also here to provide support for carers.”

One of the founders of GIFTS Hospice and former trustee of St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice Noel Baumber said: “I’m very proud of Grantham Hospice. This is an absolutely first class centre for end of life care in South Lincolnshire. It is the base for the Hospice at Home team too. It has never been busier and I hope everyone will continue to support our efforts, call in at the Welby Street Hospice shop or come to a coffee morning on Barrowby Road and see what a purposeful and delightful place the charity has created.”

l To find out more, call the hospice on 01476 591010.