St John's Hospice

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

Our services at Sue Ryder St John's Hospice

Inpatient unit

Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice is in Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire, set in its own peaceful grounds.

Our highly skilled clinical staff provide round-the-clock assessment and specialist care, in a safe and comfortable environment. We help relieve physical problems, like pain, breathlessness and nausea to make you as comfortable as possible. Family Support and Spiritual Care teams are on hand to offer emotional support to you and your loved ones too. 

We want you to feel at home at St John’s, and do our best to help with any requests to bring home comforts to you. Family and friends can visit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Talk to us if there’s something special we can help with – anything from a takeaway, to arranging for your pet to visit. We’ll help however we can.

Family support services

Sue Ryder Nurses and counsellors understand how families, and children, can be affected when someone close to them is ill. We counsel and advise people from diagnosis onwards, during life-limiting conditions, and we also offer bereavement counselling after a loved one has died. 

At St John’s, we have specialist palliative care social workers, experienced counsellors and a spiritual care lead or chaplain to advise and support you. We offer one-to-one therapy sessions and family meetings.

We organise discharge planning which means coordinating care for you in the community after you leave us. We provide financial and practical advice and can link families with useful community services, and offer support to carers.

Day services

Day Services at St John’s Hospice give people with life-limiting conditions the opportunity to spend enjoyable time with others in a friendly and caring environment.

The main aim of our service is to ease some of the emotional, physical, spiritual and social difficulties you may experience as a result of your illness. Our multi-disciplinary team includes, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, complementary therapists, , our spiritual coordinator and trained volunteers. We recommend a holistic approach to therapy and rehabilitation, tailoring your therapy programme to your individual needs and personal goals.

You might benefit from techniques to deal with breathlessness and fatigue, or exercise sessions. You can try mindfulness and relaxation, and complementary therapies. We focus on empowering people to live well as we support them to manage their condition, maintain independence and make new friendships. These services are also available for your families and carers.

If you’re over 18, in Bedfordshire or Cambridgeshire, and you’re living with a life-limiting condition, we can help you at St John’s Hospice. Ask your healthcare or social care professional to refer you.

St John's Palliative Care Hub

St John’s Palliative Care Hub provides palliative support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, when you have a life-limiting condition and prefer to receive care at home. Services include:

  • 24/7 Palliative Advice and Coordination Phone Line for patients, relatives and professionals
  • Management of the Palliative Care Register
  • Crisis home visiting service
  • Planned home visiting service
  • Night Sitting service

The Palliative Care Hub works together with your local care providers, GPs, district nurses, specialist nurses, the ambulance service and other health and social care professionals to provide the best possible care.

You can contact the Palliative Care Hub team on the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for support and advice.

Lymphoedema clinic

The clinic is run by our specialist lymphoedema nurses, as part of the Day Therapy unit in the hospice. The clinic is open between 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. We offer treatment as individual appointments and in group sessions.

Who we treat for lymphoedema
We see patients who have developed lymphoedema after cancer, or cancer-related treatment. We also see patients with chronic oedema who have advanced progressive diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease or who have had a stroke.

About lymphoedema
The lymphatic system has two main functions: helping to remove waste products from the body and assisting in the fight against infection. If the drainage route through the lymphatic system becomes blocked or damaged, fluid (lymph) accumulates in the tissues. This causes swelling, known as oedema.

Managing lymphoedema symptoms
After you’re referred to us, a specialist Sue Ryder Nurse trained in lymphoedema care will assess you. Based on the initial assessment, we make a specific treatment plan for your needs. 

Lympheodema symptoms can include swelling, fibrosis and heaviness. Lymphoedema can’t be cured but we’ll help you manage these symptoms. We aim to make you comfortable, show you how to take care of your swelling, and prevent infection. Our goal is for you to remain independent, while safely managing your lymphoedema.

Referrals
Referrals to our clinic can be made by any healthcare professional – please download our Lymphoedema Clinic Referral Form.

We don’t take self-referrals; if you or someone you know thinks that you would benefit from this service, please speak to your GP or a healthcare professional.

Contact details
You can call the lymphoedema clinic on 01767 642 241.

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.