Welcome to The Duchess of Kent Hospice

Our services cover West Berkshire from three sites: Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading, Wokingham Day Hospice and Charles Clore Unit in Newbury. We provide specialist end of life care, aiming to help people live as well as possible with the effects of their conditions by offering care, symptom management and support from a multi-professional team. Duchess of Kent Hospice is a 15-bed inpatient hospice. All beds are in private rooms overlooking our wonderful courtyard garden and all have en-suite facilities. We also offer advice and support to people in their own homes through our clinical nurse specialist teams, and day hospice care at all three sites.
  • Duchess of Kent Hospice

    Our inpatient hospice in Reading has 15 beds with courtyard views  

  • 24/7 phones

    Through our reception team and out of hours staff we take calls 24/7  

  • Our staff

    A passionate, friendly and committed multi-professional team  

We'd love to hear from you

Duchess of Kent Hospice, 22 Liebenrood Road Reading RG30 2DX
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Call us on:

0118 955 0400

or email us with your enquiry

Our care services

From our sites in Reading, Newbury and Wokingham we provide care for people living in West Berkshire. Inpatients usually stay for short admissions of around one to two weeks, but we also offer community services for people in their own homes.

We give advice and support for the challenges facing people living with a life-limiting condition, as well as supporting their families. Through our inpatient hospice we can offer round-the-clock assessment and specialist care to help manage patients' symptoms.

Meet the team

  • Stewart Marks

    Hospice Director

    I joined Sue Ryder as Hospice Director in September 2014. The main focus of my role is securing strong relationships with the various Clinical Commissioning Groups, stakeholders, supporters and fundraisers. Before joining Sue Ryder, I was an independent consultant in the charity sector and prior to that I spent 10 years working with Marie Curie Cancer Care. I am experienced in charity governance having chaired the Trustee Board of LBGT Youth Scotland.

  • Maria Turnbull

    Head of Clinical Services

    I joined Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in April of 2013 having spent 17 years within an independent hospice setting in senior clinical and leadership roles. I was appointed to Head of Clinical Services in June 2014 and I’m responsible for leading the clinical teams on our three sites in West Berkshire. Outside of work I coach two youth football teams.

  • Diane Campbell

    Ward Manager

    I joined Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in 2012 as a staff nurse, new to palliative care. Prior to this I had been in care home management positions for many years. In 2013 I was appointed to Team Leader and supported the inpatient unit during the move and refurbishment. In January 2014 I was appointed as Ward Manager and I’m very enthusiastic about my new role.

  • Tracey Hancock

    Head of Fundraising

    I joined Sue Ryder as Head of Hospice Fundraising in December 2014, and am responsible for leading the fundraising across Duchess of Kent, Nettlebed, Newbury and Wokingham hospices. My role is focused on working with the fundraising teams to engage the community, corporate partners, and supporters in helping us to raise the funds we need to continue to offer our incredible care and to raise awareness of the work we do with the wider general public, as well as building strong relationships with staff and volunteers to help us meet our fundraising objectives.

  • Helen Lake

    Community Services - Reading

    I have extensive experience within the Berkshire West Palliative Care services. Since 1997 I’ve worked on both the inpatient unit and in day therapy. In 2001 I moved to the community clinical nurse specialist team in Newbury and now I lead the community team based at Duchess of Kent Hospice.

  • Maria Heron

    Community Services - Newbury

    I joined Sue Ryder in 2011 with 18 years of palliative care experience both in the community and inpatient services. Within my current role I manage the community team which supports patients with life limiting illnesses in the Newbury area. I also manage our Charles Clore Day Hospice. In my spare time I enjoy listening to all genres of music - both live and recorded.

  • Gemma Wise

    Senior Hospice Fundraiser

    I have been part of our fundraising team since June 2013, before which I worked as a Sue Ryder shop manager. Appointed as Senior Hospice Fundraiser in August 2014, I now lead our West Berkshire fundraising team.

How to be referred

To access our services, a healthcare professional such as your GP, hospital consultant, district nurse or specialist nurse will send a referral to us on your behalf.  Our team will then work closely with you, your family and the healthcare professional to identify the best way we can support you.  Our services are for people 18 years and over.
 
If you believe that you or someone close to you would benefit from our services then please ask your GP in the first instance, or telephone us and we will liaise with the relevant member of your healthcare team.

What people say about our care

Richard has relaxed since he came here, it’s so different from hospital. We’ve had our dog in.
June Patients Wife

Frequently asked questions

Q. "Are pets allowed?"

A. "Yes they are welcome to visit but must be suitably behaved and supervised by an appropriate adult at all times."

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Case Studies Profile

Doreen's story

"The Sue Ryder staff really are quite wonderful and the care they provide couldn’t be better."

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Case Studies Profile

Quotes from our staff

"People often ask me if it's sad all the time, but actually as a team we laugh a lot, and the patients' do too!"

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Volunteer with us

You can support us by volunteering in a healthcare role, as a fundraiser or by working in one of our shops. Below are a few recently added local volunteering roles, but you can also check all our volunteering roles.