PATIENT care, support for families and respite for carers can all be provided through the hospice’s many services. This covers specialist palliative care, pain relief, respite care and symptom control through the following:
Day hospices provide emotional, social and medical care for patients for three days a week in Scarborough, two days in Whitby and every Monday at Deansfield Court in Norton. This provides invaluable breaks for carers. Out patient clinics – run by specialist palliative care consultants twice a week in Scarborough, and on an as required basis in Bridlington and Whitby. There are palliative care beds at the Heather unit in Whitby.
The lymphoedema clinic – provides advice and treatment for the care of swollen limbs. The complementary therapies unit – offer symptom control using therapies such as aromatherapy, massage, hydrotherapy and relaxation.
Bereavement support offers counselling to bereaved youngsters and adults. Neurological support provides information for people with multiple sclerosis and motor neurone disease.
The education and training department – includes training of health professional, volunteers and members of the community.
The hospice shops – 12 in total, are run by shops managers and an army of volunteers who help run them successfully.
Support services – from administration to household management, are run by staff and volunteers. Spiritual and pastoral care is available for the support of patients, relatives, volunteers and staff. Volunteers – support the hospice in countless ways everyday, age no barrier. Palcall service – out of hours telephone helpline. The hospice also provides medical advice too and runs joint oncology/palliative medicine clinics with Scarborough hospital.