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

To reduce the spread of Coronavirus and reduce the risk of exposure to our existing patients and frontline staff, our Sue Ryder Centres are now completely closed to visitors. Exceptions can only be made on compassionate grounds if visiting a loved one in the very last days of life. 

Anthony Swan - A Registered Nurse at Wheatfields.

Year of the Nurse: Anthony Swan, from painting and decorating to leading change as a Sue Ryder Nurse

After eight years working in the painting and decorating industry Anthony Swan, 29, realised he had missed his true vocation and made the tough decision to retrain as a nurse. Now employed as a Registered Nurse at Sue Ryder’s Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds, he has teamed up with NHS England to help drive a new approach to person-centred care.

Two volunteers at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Take the leap and volunteer for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is asking people to seize a new opportunity this leap year by volunteering.

An audience with speaker in Thorpe Hall Hospice

Peterborough hospice holds first ever Palliative Care Seminar

Recently, healthcare professionals attended the first Palliative Care Seminar at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, to discuss their specialist palliative care, future plans and partnership working.

Paramedic students from the University of Bedfordshire have been invited into Sue Ryder St John's Hospice

Paramedic students learn about the importance of palliative care at Sue Ryder St John's Hospice

An innovative placement scheme at Sue Ryder St John's Hospice has given first year paramedic students the chance to find out more about end of life care. 

Physiotherapist Funmi Shitta-Bey at the St John's Day Therapy service

“We help people in our care live their lives to the full.”

“When living with a life-limiting condition, there is still life to be lived. And here at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice our multi-disciplinary teams do all we can to make sure that life is fulfilling.” These are the words of Funmi Shitta-Bey, Physiotherapist and Day Therapy Lead at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Bedfordshire, who tells us more about her role.

Manorlands volunteer hypnotherapist Amy Brown and patient Jacki Scholefield

Why our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice is pioneering hypnotherapy as a way for families to come to terms with bereavement

Our seven hospices routinely offer counselling to the bereaved and, in recent years, alternative therapies such as massage, reiki and reflexology – including, at our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in West Yorkshire, hypnotherapy. For some who’ve experienced it, the results are transforming, as local blogger Stephen Whitehead discovered when he met Jacki Scholefield.

Kirsty with her mum Kathleen making a toast

“Mum and I didn’t know what Dad would have wanted for his funeral. Because of that, we talked about what Mum’s final wishes would be.”

Kirsty Hodgson’s mum Kathleen spent the last two weeks of her life at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds in August 2016. Here, she recounts their story and explains why they made plans were put in place for the end of her mum's life.

Valerie with her daughter Harriet

“Not all of us will have the opportunity to plan our death and I feel that, if you can, you should.”

Valerie Bevan, 69, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 26 years ago and now only has movement in her head and neck. She is a day patient at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice where her daughter Harriet works as a Community Fundraiser. This is her story in her own words.

Patient support volunteer Susan Clark in the kitchen at Wheatfields

“Just making someone smile, however briefly, is a lovely feeling.”

Patient support volunteer Susan Clark has been volunteering her time on the wards and in the kitchens at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds for almost 40 years. Here, she outlines what her role involves and what the hospice is really like.