22 Liebenrood Road
Duchess of Kent Hospice
Sue Ryder offers a range of services in Berkshire from three sites: Duchess of Kent Hospice, Wokingham Day Hospice and Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub Berkshire.
At the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading, and through our Day Services in Newbury and Wokingham, we look after people living with life-limiting conditions, and offer support for families too. We provide expert care and support across Berkshire.
Hospice care is what we call the treatment and support we offer to people with life-limiting conditions. We combine specialist medical care for managing pain and other symptoms, with other emotional, practical and spiritual support.
You might stay with us to receive inpatient care for a short time, or a longer stay. We can offer the same care, services and advice to you as a visitor, by using our Day Services, if you are comfortable and supported at home and prefer to stay there. We will also visit you in your own home.
Duchess of Kent Hospice in pictures
Depending on the care that you or your loved one needs, Sue Ryder provides a comprehensive range of services in Berkshire based at three sites: Duchess of Kent Hospice, Sue Ryder Wokingham Day Hospice and Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub Berkshire.
We provide doctors, Sue Ryder Nurses, care assistants, physiotherapists, occupational and complementary therapists, social workers and bereavement support workers. Everyone works seamlessly together to support you and your family through the most difficult times.
Duchess of Kent inpatient hospice
Sue Ryder Nurses and doctors offer palliative care to people who are dealing with life-limiting conditions. We can help with pain management, breathlessness and nausea to make you as comfortable as possible. There’s round-the-clock monitoring and expert care to manage your symptoms. We can also help patients who are coming to the end of their lives, with compassionate care and expert practical advice for both them and their families.
If you’re living with a life-changing condition, our Day Services based at Wokingham and Newbury offer you support in a calm, friendly environment. You can access medical services and care. There’s also the chance to meet and chat with others in similar circumstances to you – to relax with a cup of tea, do some activities, and give carers a break.
Hospice at Home
If you’d prefer to receive care in your home, our community services teams can bring all their expertise directly to you.
Our services include:
- Inpatient care
- Day Services
- Community services
- Family and bereavement support
- Complementary therapies
- Spiritual care
Respite care patient Abi shares her experience of Duchess of Kent Hospice
"The team at the hospice are really so compassionate; nothing was ever too much trouble. The Sue Ryder Nurses ensured I was able to leave the hospice and spend Christmas Day at home, as I’d requested, and then I returned to the hospice that evening. I really appreciated the fact that the decision regarding my discharge was an open discussion."
Frequently asked questions
How can I be referred/make a referral?
You can refer yourself, or may be referred by your family or a healthcare professional. Your GP or hospital consultant will be contacted before a referral is accepted.
If you are discharged but then find you need additional support, you can be referred back into our care at any time.
How much does it cost to use the services at Duchess of Kent Hospice?
The expert care that we provide is free of charge to patients. We rely on the generosity of our supporters to raise funds to cover the majority of our running costs.
What should inpatients bring with them?
When you’re admitted to Duchess of Kent for palliative care, we would recommend that you bring:
- A variety of comfortable, loose-fitting day and night clothes
- Shoes and slippers – slip-on if possible
- Personal toiletries and towels
- Personal electrical equipment such as laptops, tablets, iPods and phones
- Current medication - in its original packaging if possible
- Community medical paperwork - this could include district nurse notes, a Preferred Priorities of Care document, and Advance Directives
- Ear plugs and/or an eye mask for when you wish to rest
What is the food like?
We have an in-house catering team that prepare and cook three meals a day. We have an extensive menu with the aim of encouraging you to eat well. We will always do our best to cater to your individual taste. Our staff can also prepare light meals and snacks outside our regular mealtimes.
Visitors can also pre-order food from the menu and pay at Reception. We also have a vending machine.
What are the visiting times?
There are no restrictions on visiting times for our inpatient unit and it is also sometimes possible for family members to stay overnight with you. This would need to be discussed with the nursing staff in advance..
There is no charge for this service.
Is there parking, and is it free?
Yes, there is free parking available.
Can pets and children visit the hospice?
Your children and grandchildren are always welcome. We ask that they are supervised by an appropriate adult when they’re here.
Well-behaved pets are very welcome to visit the hospice, we value them as part of the family. Please ask a member of the nursing team if you would like to arrange this.
Is there WiFi?
Yes, there is WiFi. Please ask a member of staff for the WiFi name and password.
How can I raise money for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice?
If you would like to support Sue Ryder Nurses and our work through fundraising, please call us on 0118 955 0434. We would be delighted to talk you through the different ways that you can help.
Our brilliant fundraisers keep us going, by providing vital funds which enable us to help as many people as possible, and by spreading the word about Sue Ryder and the work we do, so more people know about us and how we can help.
When you’re terminally ill, you don’t like to talk about sickness all the time to your friends, but with a befriender you can. You have to have things to look forward to. I can’t tell you how much it’s made a difference, knowing that she’s coming tomorrow. I really enjoy her company, we get on like a house on fire, we never stop talking. It’s wonderful.