Sue Ryder St John's Hospice

Following the government's advice and in order to ensure the safety of our patients, clients, staff and volunteers, we are regrettably unable to allow any visitors without express permission.

People who wish to visit should contact the Sue Ryder St John's Hospice reception on 01767 642 410. Please read our guidance before visiting a Sue Ryder hospice or neurological centre.

About our services

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. 

Following the government's advice and in order to ensure the safety of our patients, clients, staff and volunteers, we are regrettably unable to allow any visitors without express permission.

People who wish to visit should contact the Sue Ryder St John's Hospice reception on 01767 642 410. Please read our guidance before visiting a Sue Ryder hospice or neurological centre.

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, experienced counsellors and a spiritual care lead or chaplain to advise and support you. We offer one-to-one therapy sessions and family meetings. Please note, due to current coronavirus restrictions some of these sessions may be offered virtually.

We organise discharge planning which means coordinating care for you in the community after you leave us.

Virtual Day Services

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and following the guidance of Government and Public Health England, our face-to-face day hospice sessions are currently suspended.

When you’re living with a palliative diagnosis or a long-term condition, we continue to provide support via our virtual Day Hospice services. We’ll support you via a tailored programme of online activities to best meet your needs led by our multi-disciplinary team.

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
  • Palliative care at home service
  • 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 at the hospice. The clinic is open between 9:00am and 5:00pm, Monday and Tuesday.

Who we treat for lymphoedema
We currently see patients who have developed lymphoedema after cancer, or cancer-related treatment and plan to widen our service in the coming months. 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. 

Please read our referral form for further details.

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 by completing our referral form in full. Please note, we can only accept a patient once we have received a fully completed 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 internally for staff working at the hospice and in collaboration with our partners.

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.