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Our range of Clinics aim to assess your needs, led by your own individual goals, to help you live as well as possible.
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What is a clinic?

Clinics allow you to have a focused consultation about your more complex needs with one of St Clare’s senior clinicians. They involve a discussion of these needs, both short and long term, and the provision of specialised support to help you live well.

Most consultations will take place face to face, but some can happen over via video.


Holistic Needs Assessment Clinic

When you are referred to our Therapy Team, you will have a Holistic Needs Assessment. This meeting helps to identify any medical, social, emotional, and functional needs you may have; enabling the Therapy team to effectively plan the most appropriate support with you.

How can a Holistic Needs Assessment help me?

This is an in-depth assessment carried out with a healthcare professional, which will allow us to advise you on both services offered St Clare’s Hospice and external services offered by our specialist partnerships, which you may benefit from.

Holistic Needs Assessments ensure that we provide you with the most appropriate and effective care, tailoring our services to your individual needs and in accordance with your goals and aspirations.


Acupuncture Clinic

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a treatment derived from ancient Chinese medicine. Fine needles are inserted at certain sites in the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes.

How could an Acupuncture Clinic help me?

Acupuncture can relieve many symptoms that you may be suffering from as a result of life-limiting illness, such as breathlessness, fatigue, and nausea. It can be used on its own, or alongside pharmacological treatment for symptoms.

This clinic will be provided by a Physiotherapist and will comprise 4-6 treatment sessions. All referrals into this service will be assessed by the physiotherapist for suitability. For the initial phase, referrals into this service will be limited to patients already known to the hospice with the view to referrals later being opened up to others.


Advance Care Planning Clinic

Making your preferences known for how you’d like to be supported in the future is very important for ensuring your wishes are met and that you maintain ownership over your health. By considering your Advance Care Plan (ACP), you’ll let loved ones and healthcare professionals know what you’d like to happen.

What is an Advance Care Plan?

Your Advanced Care Plan gives you an opportunity to think, talk about and record your wishes and preferences for your future care.

It will let health and social care professionals know what your wishes are, and what is particularly important to you should you become too unwell to be able to tell someone.

Not only does an ACP enable patients and their families to make more informed healthcare decisions, they also supports the delivery of high quality care and more effective use of the healthcare services.

How can an Advanced Care Plan help me?

Your ACP will include decisions about care towards the end of your life, but also plans for after you are gone, such as who will manage your estate or look after your pets.

Recording your preferences in an Advance Care Plan should be done at your own pace, and when you feel ready.

Your feelings and priorities may change over time. You can change what you have written whenever you wish to. We advise that your review your plan regularly, to make sure your Plan still reflects your current wishes.

These clinics can take place at St Clare Hospice or at your home, comprised of two hours with a member of the Therapy Team. Patients not previously known to St Clare Hospice will be offered an Holistic Needs Assessment prior to completing their ACP to ensure it is an appropriate intervention.


Symptom Control Clinic

What is a Symptom Control Clinic?

A Symptom Control Clinic can provide you and your significant others with advice to on managing symptoms that you may experience as a result of life-limiting illness, from some of the most experienced clinicians at St Clare Hospice. This timely and effective assessment may occur face-to-face or by video consultation, from within the St Clare Hospice Wellbeing Hub.

How can a Symptom Control Clinic help me?

A key objective of the symptom control clinic is to ensure a timely and effective symptom control management plan which provides support to the patient/ significant other , Primary Care Team and referrer. This clinic also provides an alternative to a home assessment whilst enabling a visit to the hospice site.


Get in touch

If you have any questions or suggestions, please get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you.

Call us on 01279 773700

Email us on info@stclarehosice.org.uk