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Orchard Day Therapy

Coronavirus response

We are mindful that the people we care for represent an exceptionally vulnerable group, which is why we are putting measures in place to protect those attending activities at the Hospice and in the community, as well as our teams.

For this reason, Orchard Day Therapy has been cancelled until further notice.

For further details about the Hospice’s response and which services have been affected, please click here.

Day Therapy helps people to feel more confident with the many challenges of living with a long-term or life-threatening illness. It helps to maximise quality of life, but includes so much more.

Orchard Day Therapy is based at The Orchard Centre in the main Hospice building, and runs on a Tuesday and Wednesday between 10.30am and 3.15pm.

What can I expect?

Orchard Day Therapy begins with a ‘getting to know you’ meeting, during which one of our team will discuss your individual needs. We will talk with you to discuss a plan of activities which will build on your strengths.

Who works in day therapy?

The day is organised by qualified nurses, healthcare assistants and a team of volunteers with a variety of skills. The team are here to offer you support in whichever way they can and they will link with other people within the organisation who may also be able to help you.

Who comes?

People of all walks of life meet and take part in a variety of activities – including relaxation and a range of craft and artwork therapies.

What activities and services are on offer?

At Orchard Day Therapy, we recognise that each person’s situation is different and so we provide a range of supportive and social activities to reflect this including:

  • Physiotherapy to help with movement and mobility
  • Occupational therapy to maximise independence
  • Spiritual support from our Chaplaincy Team
  • Counselling and emotional support
  • Helping to plan for the future
  • Relaxation sessions to promote wellbeing
  • Symptom management with guidance from our experienced nurses
  • Signposting to benefits advice
  • Art and creative activities
  • Complementary therapies including massage and aromatherapy
  • Hairdressing
  • Open Access Information Centre so you can do your own research

How do I take part?

You will be referred by your nurse, doctor, or family, or you can speak to someone at the Hospice to refer yourself by calling 01284 766133.

What if a hospital appointment clashes with a day therapy session?

We understand that hospital appointments need to take priority over day therapy. Please talk to your day therapy team to let them know any days which you cannot attend.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please remember to bring your medicines. We ask that you keep them safe and secure. There is no need to bring any money however you may want to bring a small amount in order to buy items we have for sale such as greetings cards. Mobile phones are allowed, however, we ask that you turn them to ‘vibrate’ whilst you are within the building. Whilst in day therapy you will be responsible for any valuables you have with you.