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Our Day Services and Community Nurse Specialist Team

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Day Therapies Service

Our Day Therapies service offers a friendly and supportive environment for people living at home who have a palliative
diagnosis and who could benefit from hospice services.

The aim of the service is to improve the quality of life for people living with a life limiting illness, from the point of diagnosis and as the illness progresses. We support people to live as well as they can and do the things that are important to them.

The Day Therapies Team is led by a Senior Physiotherapist supported by a Social Worker, a Rehabilitation Assistant, a Clerical and Clinical Assistant and Volunteers.


Day Therapies is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am until 2.30pm and on Fridays from 10am until 12.00.

Any health or social care professional involved in your care can refer you to our service using the Lothian Palliative Care Referral Form.

Community Nurse Specialist Team

Working in the community from their base in the Hospice, our Community Palliative Care Team provides specialist advice, guidance and support to patients at home, in care homes and community hospitals. Because we understand that illness doesn’t just affect people during office hours, we have committed to extending these services to seven days a week.

Separation from family and familiar surroundings can make serious illness even harder to bear, so we try to help our patients spend as much of their time at home as possible.

Our Community Palliative Care Team consists of six specialist nurses who ensure that patients and their families receive support and advice on a wide range of issues.

Part of their role involves getting to know the patient and their family well enough to allow them to talk about how they are feeling, their worries and anxieties. As well as advising on symptom control, medicines and treatments, our nurses ensure people are getting the practical help they need, from agencies such as Social Work Home Care.

The Community Palliative Care Team work closely with GPs, District Nurses and hospital teams to ensure that patients and their families are getting all the support they need during difficult times.

Outpatient Services

Currently we have a weekly doctor-led symptom management clinic but as part of our five year strategy – Care and Compassion Matters – we will be expanding this to include nurse-led clinics.

We are committed to reviewing and extending our service to include outpatient clinics which will enable patients to get support from our full multi-disciplinary team, including doctors, nurses, occupational and physiotherapists and complementary therapist, and counsellor. We will also be increasing our support to include an information and advice service which will be available to all patients and families that are known to us across all our services.

Hospice partnership with Macmillan 

The Hospice is pleased to be partnering with Macmillan, to enable patients to access all the financial support they are eligible for. Macmillan is a charity that supports people with cancer, however in the Hospice partnership  with Macmillan, their support and advice regarding benefits and financial support is available to all of the Hospice’s patients – whatever illness you have. Find out all about the partnership and how you can access the Macmillan team at the Hospice here.

Click here for details on how to refer a patient to these services.