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Image of Sue Ryder directions signage outside Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice

Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance: visiting a Sue Ryder hospice or neurological centre

Visiting a Sue Ryder hospice or neurological centre remains significantly limited and continues to be carefully managed to ensure the safety of the people in our care, our staff and visitors.

The Lymphoedema Team at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice on a video call

“Helping someone crying on the end of the phone has been, and continues to be, one of the hardest things”

The Lymphoedema Team at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice provide specialist care and support to people across Berkshire. During Lymphoedema Awareness Week, Lymphoedema Therapist Jan Bell talks about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their service and how the team has adapted to new ways of working.

Mark Sturgess with his brother James

“All the staff do their jobs to an amazing standard but they also have that extra human touch”

28-year-old James Sturgess died at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in 2017, three years after being diagnosed with cancer. Here, his older brother Mark talks about the level of care and support they received as a family during the most difficult times.

A Sue Ryder nurse with a patient at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire

“If we’d stopped and thought about the scale of the task, we’d have fallen over…but we did it”

The Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire opened, after years in the planning, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Centre director Terry Mears and neuro rehab lead Hannah Halliwell share their experience of such a difficult, yet rewarding, time.

Dr. Amir Khan, Sue Ryder Manorlands' first ambassador

Dr Amir Khan becomes ambassador for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice

TV doctor, author and NHS GP, Dr Amir Khan, has been appointed as the first ambassador for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice near Keighley.

A Sue Ryder doctor and nurse in PPE at a patient's bedside

Sue Ryder calls for involvement of specialist care providers in Government's latest NHS reforms

As Government plans for legislation to reform the NHS and integration of services are revealed, Sue Ryder is calling for closer involvement with specialist care providers so that they can contribute to decision making and effectively support those they care for during the pandemic.

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice Chaplain, Rob Pestell shares how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the hospice, and how it has changed his role

“The pandemic has cast a shadow over us all”

Reverend Rob Pestell provides spiritual support to patients, families, carers and staff at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice as part of the Family Support Team. Here, he shares his experience of providing care throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Luke Drinkwater starts his new role in February as fundraising apprentice, joining from the housekeeping team

Hospice’s hope for the future as it welcomes new fundraising apprentices

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on both the job market and charity fundraising activities, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice has appointed two new apprentices to its fundraising team at the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2021.

A woman holding a red rose in her hands

Facing your first Valentine’s Day after the death of a loved one

Your first Valentine’s Day after the death of a loved one can be a painful reminder of what you’ve lost. Bianca Neumann, Head of Bereavement at Sue Ryder, offers advice on how to face Valentine’s Day for the first time without your partner by your side.

Lois Dolman, Physiotherapist at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub Berkshire

“We use exercise to help patients feel good, motivated and give them a purpose at a difficult time in their lives”

Lois Dolman is a physiotherapist based at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub Berkshire in Newbury. Here, she talks about the importance of exercise in palliative care and how her role has changed during the coronavirus pandemic.