Day Patient Services

Dorothy House offers a range of services that patients and their families can access for advice and support. These include a Day Patient Unit, therapies, creative arts, family support and spiritual care through our chaplaincy.

Our Day Patient Unit (or DPU) gives patients the opportunity to meet with other patients in a safe and friendly environment, and to share experiences. The Dorothy House team is also on-hand to discuss anything of concern including how we can monitor symptoms, answer any questions, help with present issues and plan ahead.

Blood transfusions

Dorothy House is working in collaboration with the Royal United Hospital (RUH) haematology team to provide a community-based outpatient blood transfusion service at the Hospice in Winsley. The aim of this service is to facilitate a blood transfusion for our patients as outpatients, providing them with a reactive and quick service in a relaxing environment.

To access this service a referral must be made from an RUH Haematologist or a Haematology Specialist Nurse to Dorothy House.

 

I have been referred for a transfusion; do I need to bring anything?
On the day, please bring any medications with you that you need to take while you are at the Hospice.

What happens on the day?
You’ll be met by one of our team who will ensure you are fit to have your planned blood transfusion. If so, a tiny soft tube will be inserted into a vein in your arm and you’ll have a routine set of observations recorded. Each unit of blood takes between 2-4 hours to complete and you will be monitored closely throughout.

What happens afterwards?
Following completion of your transfusion, you will be able to go home.

What if I have any questions or concerns about receiving a blood transfusion?
Prior to the day, you can ring our Clinical Coordination Centre or please feel free to talk to any member of our team when you are at the Hospice.

Creative arts

Creative arts in a palliative care setting is a powerful and effective way of addressing the practical, psychological, social and spiritual issues a patient and their family may face throughout their journey of illness.

The Creative Arts Team gives patients and their families the chance to explore a variety of creative arts and use various techniques to give them a focus and diversion at a difficult and emotional time. Some people can find it difficult to talk about or share their feelings, so creative arts can be a helpful and rewarding way of expressing them. The arts include painting, ceramics, craft activities, hand-sewn items, silk painting, encaustic art, needle felting and mosaic.

For some people, there’s satisfaction in the process of being creative, and for others it is about the end product. This service is accessible to everyone – no one needs think of themselves as artistic to join in.

We are delighted to be able to offer creative arts support virtually to patients, carers and bereaved people who are not able to access Winsley. For more information about this, please contact our Clinical Coordination Centre.

 

Some of the activities we offer include:

Creative Keepsakes – For patients and their families, and bereaved families, working together to make memories and meaningful pieces of artwork. Families meet weekly with the Creative Arts Team, for up to six sessions

Hand casts – For patients and their families to create a plaster of paris hand cast of them holding hands, as a keepsake.

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Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema is a condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissues, usually in the arms or legs. It can cause chronic tissue inflammation, leading to eventual lack of movement in that area.

Our nursing teams can help with a range of treatment options to help with lymphoedema including information on skin care, compression garments, exercise and a specialist form of massage.