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Princess Alice Hospice at Home
Princess Alice Hospice at Home brings the skills and expertise of our team of highly trained professionals – specialist palliative care doctors, nurses, social workers, welfare advisors, chaplain and therapists – straight into the home to give our patients, their families and carers access to the vital support they need.
Our Princess Alice Nurses are usually the first point of contact that patients have with us. Working closely with GPs and other local healthcare professionals, the nurse visits patients at home and assesses their needs; talking to carers and family members to begin the process of planning and coordinating ongoing care from the specialist team at the Hospice.
Princess Alice Day Services
The hub of our out-patient clinics, Day Services helps patients to manage their symptoms, to build confidence and to begin to regain control of their lives within the limits of their condition.
Depending on their needs patients (and their carers) can opt to attend group, day or one hour sessions at our Hospice in Esher where a team of specialists and volunteers provide art therapy, dietetics, lymphoedema therapy, hypnotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy.
Our social work team provides advocacy and advice on practical and financial matters as well as emotional support. In addition, our Chaplain and specially trained volunteer assistants provide valuable psychological, social and spiritual support.
Princess Alice In-Patient Unit
Patients come to the In-Patient Unit (IPU) at our Hospice for a short period to address troublesome symptoms that can be difficult to treat at home. Some may be admitted for symptom control or for respite care for the benefit of their family or carer.
For others the Hospice is the best place for their end of life care. The IPU can care for up to 24 highly complex patients at any one time; it does not offer long term in-patient care. The medical care of patients at the IPU is led by our specialist doctors.
Princess Alice Patient & Family Support
When someone falls ill everyone in their family is affected. Our care also extends to the emotional, social and spiritual needs of our patients, their carers, families and friends including children and young people. We deliver our care both in the community and the Hospice.
Our qualified and experienced team includes social workers, a chaplain and a bereavement support co-ordinator. Together they provide emotional, psychological and spiritual support, as well as advocacy and advice on financial difficulties. The team is aided by our trained support volunteers who are here to listen and understand at times of illness and loss.