The Wellbeing Centre brings together a range of specialised outpatient services and activities, currently delivered online, for people in our communities. Our aim is to help give you and your carer the best possible quality of life by managing your symptoms, building your confidence and helping you take back control of your lives.

Referral criteria for The Wellbeing Centre

We are happy to accept new referrals from any health care professional. Patients can be referred to The Wellbeing Centre for the following reasons:

  • They have a life limiting or progressive illness
  • They or their family or carers would benefit from support to cope with their illness in spiritual, emotional, physical or practical ways
  • They live and are registered with a GP within the area covered by the Hospice
  • They need signposting, due to financial issues related to their disease

For further information you can contact us on pah.wellbeing@nhs.net or 01372 461 802.

Patient’s referral form for The Wellbeing Centre

Carer’s referral form for The Wellbeing Centre

If you’re referred by a healthcare professional, one of our team will contact you to decide which part of the programme best suits the needs of you and your carer.

Our weekly zoom sessions

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
10.30 am Discussion Group 10.30 am Discussion Group 10.30 am Discussion Group 10.30 am Creative Writing
11.30 am Discussion Group 11.30 am Discussion Group 11.30 am Yoga 11.30 am Exercise Group
13.00 pm Clinical Q&A 14.00 pm Art Group 14.00 pm Relaxation 11.00 to 12.30 pm one to one session slots
14.00 pm Relaxation 14.30 Carers’ Discussion Group 13:00 Mindful Art

 

Discussion groups

Small groups where patients can meet with others in a similar situation. These groups are patient-led, and cover a variety of subjects. Patients can discuss freely what concerns them with in a safe environment.

Clinical Q&A

An opportunity for patients and carers to share experiences and learn about a variety of issues such as breathlessness, fatigue or pain management, symptom control, anxiety, side effects following treatment.

Complementary Therapy

Complementary therapy has many benefits and although not a substitute for medical treatment, the intention is to work alongside medical treatments in harmony.

Relaxation

When soothing musical waves connect with the brain waves, the body relaxes. Combined with guided relaxation, this offers a variety of benefits

 

Art Group

Whatever your artistic skills you can join these sessions in order to explore with others an interesting subject each week. You can meet people with common interests and enjoy an activity together.

Carers' Discussion Group

Being a carer can be positive and rewarding, but at the same time you need some time for yourself. These sessions provide you with the opportunity to meet with others in a similar situation, gain support and share experiences and advice.

Yoga

This is a chair-based yoga group, that will include movement, yogic breathing and meditation using a variety of techniques to help the mind to settle.

Creative Writing

This group is an opportunity to reflect on different aspects of your life, talk about them with others if you wish, and write down whatever you feel is important. Over the weeks you will be able to develop this into a letter, written to yourself but perhaps also for your family and a wider audience, that looks back on your life and what it means to you – what it became, and what it still will be. It is a chance to say both I was there and I am still here, and to find the connection between the two.

Exercise

This is a seated exercise session led by our physiotherapists. The aim of the group is to maintain movement and function of your muscles so that you can continue with the everyday activities.

One to one session

Sessions with a member of the clinical team, giving you the opportunity to discuss any worries or ask any questions, which are more personal.

Frequently asked questions

Why attend the Wellbeing Sessions?

The focus of our Wellbeing Centre is supporting people with life-limiting illnesses to live as fully and independently as possible. Our sessions help patients to build their confidence and gain control of their lives, as well as supporting them to manage their symptoms. We are also here for family members and friends as well as anyone else who might benefit from our expertise.

Who can attend the Wellbeing Sessions?

The Wellbeing Sessions are aimed for people with a life limiting illness and their loved ones.

What if I don’t know anyone who takes part?

We encourage people to give it a try. Everyone is very friendly and inclusive. Patients welcome each other even if they haven’t met before. Sometimes patients who feel low get a nice boost after joining these sessions.

How can I join the online session? I am not very good with technology?

All you need to be able to join the session is three things.

  1. You need access to the Internet
  2. You need a device with camera, speakers and microphone. This can be, a laptop, tablet, PC with camera and microphone, or a smartphone
  3. You will be sent an email link to the meeting which will automatically start zoom with the meeting ID box populated

I am a carer. Is there any group I could join?

You can join the relaxation sessions, the art, or the carers’ group.

Can my daughter or son join with me?

Of course, she can join with you. She can also join any of the other relevant sessions to her, like relaxation sessions, the yoga, the exercise, the art or the carers’ group.

What is the cost of joining these sessions?

All of our sessions are free of charge.