Leckhampton Court Hospice

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. Our doctors, nurses and carers give people the compassion and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can.

Inpatient unit

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court is a 16-bed hospice nestled at the foot of the Cotswold Hills on the edge of Leckhampton, Cheltenham.

Our highly skilled medical staff provide round-the-clock assessment and specialist care to help relieve the physical effects of patients’ conditions such as pain, breathlessness and nausea, whilst our family support and spiritual care teams are on hand to offer emotional support, not only for our patients, but for their family, friends and carers too.

We pride ourselves in making our hospices feel like a home away from home. We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Family and friends can visit any time they like and will always receive a warm welcome.

Hospice at Home

We can offer the same standard of care in someone's home as they would receive in the hospice, so they can spend their final days in their own home if they choose. Our care can help make trips to hospital less likely or make coming home from hospital easier.

We can help if there is a sudden change in someone's condition, and we can help manage symptoms over a longer period of time.

Day services

Our day services help enable people to remain at home for as long as possible, with care and support from a dedicated multidisciplinary team.

We provide a wide range of support for both our patients and their loved ones, including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, consultations with our doctors, and nurses, family support teams and creative art sessions.

Our day service runs on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. We also offer a ‘Living Well’ session on a Tuesday between 8.30 and 4.30pm, offering complementary therapies for outpatients and carers, assessments for new patients and a drop-in art session.

For more information, visit our creative arts information.

Physiotherapy and occupational therapy

Our team of physiotherapists and occupational therapists are a vital part of the personalised care we give.

In our day service, Living Well clinic and inpatient unit, the therapies team works with patients and their carers to establish priorities and set goals, aiming to help patients stay as independent as possible and achieve what is important to them.

This may include improving mobility using appropriate walking aids and gentle exercise, providing advice and equipment to make it easier to manage day to day activities, or advising people on how to remain safe at home. The therapies team also provide advice and practical solutions to help manage symptoms such as breathlessness, fatigue and anxiety.

By developing coping strategies to enhance wellbeing and give back control, we help people to live as full a life as possible.

Family support and bereavement services

Our family support and bereavement teams are made up of professional counsellors and trained volunteers who provide loved ones and carers with emotional and practical support.

The teams help families and friends pre-bereavement with coming to terms with a diagnosis and post-bereavement, following the loss of a loved one. Support can be offered individually, face to face or in group settings.

Complementary therapy

Our complementary therapy service offers relaxing treatments including reflexology, massage, aromatherapy, acupuncture and Reiki. These can be accessed by day hospice patients, inpatients, out patients and carers.

Complementary therapies can help to reduce stress, anxiety and agitation, as well as aiding sleep and relieving aches and pains.

Befriending

Our volunteer befrienders provide emotional support to patients and families. They are there to provide company, listen or simply sit beside someone. They can visit a patients who is feeling lonely or give a carer a much-needed short break.

They can also help people to get out and about by accompanying them on a trip to the shops or cinema for example.

Spiritual care

When someone is experiencing fear and anxiety, spiritual support can be a huge comfort. Regardless of faith or belief, our spiritual care team is here for patients, families and carers to bring peace of mind. We can help with any religious needs people have, or if we can't help, we'll connect them with people who can.

Carers group

We offer support for those caring for our patients via our carers group. Carers can join us for tea and coffee and an opportunity to meet other and share experiences. We can also sign post you to a range of further practical and emotional help that is available.

We meet on the first Monday of every month between 1.30pm and 3.30pm in the Day Hospice Conservatory at Leckhampton Court.

For more information, please email Jean Quinnell on jean.quinnell@sueryder.org or call 01242 246298.

Creative arts

There is growing evidence to suggest that arts and creativity can support and enhance the wellbeing of patients and their families.

Our day service has an inspiring art space run by an arts professional and a dedicated team of skilled volunteers, offering a varied selection of creative activities ranging from painting and drawing to printmaking and felt making.

Creative art drop in sessions are also offered between 10am and 12pm during our Tuesday Living Well day hospice sessions.

Service User Improvement Group

Feedback from those we care for is very important to us. It helps us to plan for the future, ensure that we are meeting our patient’s needs and constantly improve our services to ensure that we maintain our high levels of care. To help us achieve this, we run a regular Service User Improvement Group made up of patients, families and carers.

We also use real time feedback which enables patients to share their views with us during their stay.

Our Service User Improvement Group meets on the third Tuesday of alternate months​ from 2pm until 3.30pm. Please join us.

2018 meeting dates are as follows:

  • Tuesday 2nd October- this meeting will take place in the hospice meeting room
  • Tuesday 27th November 

 

Interested in education and training?

Sessions take place both internally, for staff working at the hospice, and externally for health and social care professionals working both locally and nationally.

Sue Ryder Nurse at Leckhampton gazing at other nurse

Our Sue Ryder nurses

Our nurses are privileged to care for people at the most difficult time of their lives.