Sue Ryder St John's 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.
Sue Ryder St John’s is a 15-bed hospice in Moggerhanger, Bedfordshire set in its own tranquil grounds with beautiful views of farmland and fields.
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. If a patient would like a takeaway or even a visit from their pet dog, we will go the extra mile to facilitate their requests. 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.
Family support services
Our family support services provide psychological, psycho-social and spiritual care to patients and their family. Our services are available throughout the duration of the illness and into bereavement. The team consists of specialist palliative care social workers, experienced counsellors and a spiritual care leader or chaplain.
We offer one to one therapy sessions, family meetings and can support with the emotional impact many family members experience, including children, during this time.
We also support with discharge planning and provide financial and practical advice. We can link families with community services and often offer carers support.
Day services at St John’s Hospice gives people with a life-limiting condition 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 people may be experiencing as a result of their illness. Our multi-disciplinary team includes doctors, physiotherapist, social worker, complementary therapist, social worker, spiritual coordinator and volunteers. We take a holistic approach to therapy and rehabilitation and tailor people’s therapy programme to meet individual needs.
We offer things such as breathlessness and fatigue management, exercise sessions, 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. We also support families, carers and friends.
The service is for anyone aged over 18 years who is living with a life-limiting condition in Bedfordshire or Cambridgeshire. People need to be referred to us by a health or social care professional.
Palliative Care Hub
St John’s Palliative Care Hub provides palliative care 24 hours a day, seven days a week for individuals with a life-limiting condition who choose to receive care at home.
The Palliative Care Hub works together with local care providers, GPs, district nurses, specialist nurses, the ambulance service and other health and social care professionals to coordinate and provide the best possible care.
The Palliative Care Hub team are also available to provide support and advice over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week for patients, their families and carers.
The clinic is run by our specialist lymphoedema nurses. Appointments are offered Monday to Friday between 9am and 4pm. We are located in the Day Therapy unit at the hospice.
Who do we see?
We see patients who have secondary lymphoedema as a result of cancer or cancer related treatment, or chronic oedema secondary to limb dependency/immobility in patients with advanced progressive diseases such as MS or MND or CVA.
The lymphatic system has two main functions: it helps in the removal of waste products from the body and also assists in the fight against infection. If the drainage route through the lymphatic system becomes blocked or damaged, fluid (lymph) accumulates in the tissues and swelling (oedema) occurs.
Managing the symptoms
All patients to our clinic are offered an initial assessment by a specialist nurse who has had specific training in lymphoedema care. The assessment identifies a holistic pathway of treatment suitable to your specific needs.
Symptoms can include swelling, fibrosis and heaviness. The aim of the treatment is to maintain comfort, promote self-care and prevent infection.
We manage these in accordance with the British Lymphology Society and support therapeutic management to the goal of independence. This will be carried out in independent and group sessions.
Referrals to our clinic can be made by any healthcare professional – please download our Lymphoedema Clinic Referral Form.
Please note that we don’t take self-referrals; if you or someone you know thinks that you would benefit from this service, please do speak to your GP or a healthcare professional.
Please call the clinic on 01767 642 241.
References: The Lymphoedema Support Network London 2018; British Lymphology Society: National Lymphoedema Tarriff Advisory Document 2014.
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.
Our Sue Ryder Nurses
Our nurses are privileged to care for people at the most difficult time of their lives.