St John's Road
St John's Hospice
Sue Ryder St John's Hospice is in Moggerhanger in Bedfordshire and provides expert palliative care, advice and support for people across Bedfordshire who are living with life-limiting conditions, as well as supporting their families.
Our inpatient hospice provides round-the-clock assessment and specialist care to help manage patients' symptoms. In addition to our inpatient unit, our day service helps people living with long term conditions to avoid unnecessary trips to hospital, as well as offering social opportunities alongside others experiencing similar circumstances. We also offer community services for people who prefer to receive palliative care at home.
St John's Hospice in pictures
Our expert team includes doctors, nurses, care assistants, physiotherapists, occupational and complementary therapists, social workers and bereavement support workers. They all work seamlessly together to support people through the most difficult times of their lives.
Whether somebody is dealing with a terminal illness or the loss of a loved one, we’re there when it matters. Sue Ryder staff and volunteers provide people with the compassion and expert care they need, to help them live the best life they can.
Our services include:
- Inpatient care
- Day services
- Community services
- Family and bereavement support
- Complementary therapies
- Spiritual care
- St John’s Palliative Care Hub
Michelle shares her experience of St John's Palliative Care Hub
"When my Mum was told her cancer had come back, the Palliative Care Hub worked really well in terms of coordinating between the different services. Sometimes it's scary if someone is really unwell because trying to get hold of their GP is virtually impossible. With the Hub, I felt like I wasn’t on my own."
Frequently asked questions
How much will it cost me to stay at St John’s Hospice as an inpatient?
The service we provide is free of charge to patients. The service is part funded by the NHS, but most of our running costs (about £500 per patient per day) are raised through fundraising.
If you would like to support us by fundraising, volunteering or simply by sharing your story about your experiences at St John’s, contact us on 01767 642 410 and we would be delighted to hear from you.
Do visitors need to pay for parking?
No, we have a car park, as well as several spaces near the entrance for disabled parking. This is provided free of charge.
The car park sometimes becomes quite congested during busy periods, so please try to car share where possible.
How can I be referred?
We treat adults aged 18 and over, living in north and mid Bedfordshire, or the Huntingdon and St Neots area of Cambridgeshire.
Referrals for both inpatient or outpatient care are made by health care professionals involved in the patient’s care. This type of referral gives us a comprehensive picture of the medical background of each patient, and what treatments have been tried prior to admission.
Are refreshments available?
Tea and coffee making facilities are available to visitors in the upstairs servery, or downstairs in the coffee bar next to the conservatory. There is also a selection of sandwiches, snacks and drinks available at reception. Hot food is available to be ordered at reception.
What are the visiting times?
There are no restrictions on the number of visitors, or on visiting times. The only request we have is that visitors are considerate of the needs of the patient, and the other people using St John’s.
Well-behaved pets are welcome. Please discuss with the nurse in charge if you have a pet at home you would like to see.
Does the hospice have WiFi?
Yes, and this is free to all visitors and patients. Just ask one of the staff when you arrive and they will give you the password.
Can visitors stay overnight?
Yes, visitors can stay overnight. The hospice has a selection of folding beds that visitors can use. These can be assembled in the bedroom of their loved one so that they can be near to them. There are also shower and toilet facilities for visitors to use.
The hospice cannot accommodate large numbers of visitors staying overnight, but we can recommend some local places to stay to support your needs:
The Barns Hotel
Cardington Road, Bedford, MK44 3SA
The Barns Hotel website
Great North Road, Wyboston, MK44 3AL
0333 7007 667
Wyboston Lakes website
The Embankment, Bedford, MK40 1RW
The Swan website
Park Inn by Radisson, Bedford
2 St. Mary’s Street, Bedfordshire, Bedford, MK42 0AR
01234 799 988
The Park Inn by Radisson website
What should inpatients bring with them?
On admission to our inpatient unit we suggest that you bring the following:
- 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 and ipods
- 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
- Favourite pictures, photos or albums – we encourage you to personalise your space at the hospice
Do I need to bring my own food?
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.
When my wife Gail was battling bowel cancer, in the latter days of her life it was suggested that she spend some time in the care of St John’s Hospice. She did and they treated her so well that she became calm and relaxed, and more able to face her future. Of course, myself and my family realised how hard the Sue Ryder Nurses work to achieve this.