Supportive care services

Supportive care services are about making it easier to manage symptoms and improve general wellbeing. They’re all available to inpatients, outpatients and those in the community.

Support for your loved ones

One of the hardest things about illness is speaking to family and friends about what’s happening. Our Family Support Team can help make things a little easier. We organise support groups and provide various ways for you to engage with those closest to you. We can help you talk to children, offer general information and advice, and give support to those who are bereaved.

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Helping find peace of mind

We’re here to support your emotional and spiritual needs. Our counsellors offer a safe space to process what can be complex and overwhelming emotions. Our chaplaincy team offers support to those of all faiths and none, helping consider the biggest questions and talk about your life.

Helping with the day-to-day

Our Social Workers will help you and those close to you with the practical tasks that need to be taken care of. We’ll help source practical help at home, point you towards advice on debt or income maintenance, help with housing, schools and employers, and offer social and emotional support. Whether you’re thinking about going home or moving to another care setting, our social workers are here for you.

Helping you relax

Due to COVID-19 we have had to change our approach to delivering our complementary therapy services, but we can still offer therapies in IPU from Tuesday to Saturday between 9am and 3pm. Our complementary therapists are on hand to in-patients who wish to receive short sessions of reflexology, reiki and aromatherapy (excluding massage). These therapies are tailored to individual needs and offered together with conventional medical treatments to maximise wellbeing.


Our Therapet team are currently on furlough, but we are holding a virtual pet show in their honour to raise funds for the Hospice, which everyone can get involved with. We look forward to welcoming our four-legged friends back soon. You can find details about the pet show here

Helping you stay active

An important part of living independently after a diagnosis is staying as active as possible. Key to that is having your environment set up to help you move around safely. Our Occupational Therapy Team will provide you with equipment and guidance that helps you with everyday tasks. Our Physiotherapy Team can teach you techniques to deal with symptoms such as breathlessness and fatigue, provide guidance on appropriate levels of activity, and work specifically on things like strength and balance.

Helping you express yourself

We offer a range of creative therapies run by experts and enthusiasts that help many patients find a creative outlet during their journey. These creative classes and groups take many forms, from painting and drawing, to music and writing.

Below we share our recent creative arts project, a short film, in which people from St Columba’s community - patients, families, staff and volunteers - narrate The Invisible String, a story about separation, connection and love.


The Invisible String

In this film our patients, families, staff and volunteers narrate the story of The Invisible String. Our thanks to the book author, Patrice Karst, and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for their kind permission and support.
It is a simple story that reminds children and adults they are never truly alone. As the mother in this story explains:
“People who love each other are always connected by a very special string made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart and now that you are always connected to the ones you love”.
Specifically written to calm a child’s fear of being apart from the ones they love. This story delivers a compelling message in today’s uncertain times. Grown-ups and children everywhere who are looking for reassurance and reaffirmation of the transcendent power of love to bind, connect and comfort will discover how easily they can “tug” on each other’s heart with the invisible string.
During the coronavirus pandemic, lots of us have been apart from family, friends and other people that we are connected too. Maybe you could make or decorate some hearts made of paper to remind you of who you’re own Invisible Strings are connected too, or write a message on one to send to someone you are missing.
Where does your string go?

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