Sue Ryder provides hospice care for people facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis. It’s not just expert medical care we provide, it’s the emotional support and practical things we take care of too. We do whatever we can to be a safety net for our patients and their loved ones.
Our services cover West Berkshire from three sites: the unit for Newbury and the surrounding areas is located at the West Berkshire Community Hospital, Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading and Wokingham Day Hospice. We offer advice and support to people in their own homes through our community services and day hospice care at all three sites.
Day hospice services
Our day services can support people to be cared for at home for as long as possible, providing practical care as well as preventing isolation. How often someone comes in depends entirely on their circumstances and needs. It could be for a medical procedure, such as a blood transfusion, for physiotherapy, or for a consultation with our therapy or social work teams. There’s the added benefit of enjoying an activity and a chat over a cuppa with people in similar circumstances, whilst giving carers a break too.
We don’t just care for people at our hospices; we also provide a variety of services from our expert teams out in the community, which enable patients to remain in the comfort of their own homes.
Our Sue Ryder community nurses are a key part of this and are available seven days a week for home visits. They manage physical symptoms like pain, nausea or fatigue. They also work closely with GPs and other health and social care teams to ensure care and support is co-ordinated. The nurses will share expert advice, support loved ones, and if need be, provide a referral to our day or inpatient services.
Hospice inpatient beds for the Newbury area are provided at the 15-bed Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading. All beds are in private rooms overlooking our wonderful courtyard garden and all have en-suite facilities. There are some beds for patients with palliative care needs in West Berkshire Community Hospital.
Support Sue Ryder
It costs £15,000 a day to provide our services. We need your help. Whether it’s running, singing, baking or talking, there’s a way for you to get involved, and we will support you in anything you decide to do. Last year we provided 130,000 hours of care to people across West Berkshire, but we can help many more with the help of people like you.