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Hawthorne Centre gym

Day Services

Our Day Services provide rehabilitative palliative care and wellbeing services to people across our community with life-limiting conditions. Our passionate team will support you to maintain skills, confidence and optimise your quality of life, enabling you to live well with your diagnosis and do the things in life you enjoy. We support with symptom control issues, provide rehabilitation and social opportunities in an environment that is friendly, welcoming and relaxed.

We continue to provide a safe, socially distanced environment allowing us to restart face-to-face appointments and group activities alongside remote consultation and virtual sessions.

All our services are free of charge.

How can we support you?

Our wellbeing groups and rehabilitation sessions are focused on promoting self-care and improving or maintaining your sense of wellbeing.

Regular face to face wellbeing and rehabilitation groups include:

Fatigue and breathlessness
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Self-management education sessions (Open to registered individuals, sign up required)

Self-management forums
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Including sleep and relaxation, eating for energy and anxiety management. (Open to registered individuals, sign up required)

An introduction to advance care planning
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In a one-to-one discussion with one of the team, you can establish what is important to you and what your preferences are in your last months and at the end of life - run over two sessions. (Open to registered individuals, sign up required)

Ernest Gardiner Gym sessions
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We have a varied range of machines and equipment and are able support people with different levels of ability and energy. Sessions provide you with the confidence to exercise at the level that is right for you to maintain strength and conditioning for as long as possible. (Open to registered individuals)

Seated exercise
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A group for those needing support and structure to keep moving along with some social contact (Open to registered individuals, sign up required)

Wellbeing through nature
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A Social and Therapeutic Horticulture programme, taking place in the Ernest Gardner Treatment Centre Garden and sunroom. It is an opportunity to socialise and engage in gardening-based activities with others in a relaxed atmosphere. This programme is delivered as a course of four weekly sessions. (Open to registered individuals, sign up required)

Hawthorne Gardeners open session
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This session is guided by the seasons and run by our volunteer gardeners as part of the Letchworth Community Hub. Come and enjoy growing in our garden allotment and supporting the Hospice gardeners with activities. All abilities are welcome. (Open to all signup required)

Complementary therapy
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Complementary therapies work by signaling to mind and body that it is possible to unwind some of the pressures and tensions that may have built up as a result of illness or stress. We plan to have bookable appointments available for our complementary therapy treatments. Please note, that this service is not currently available, while the service is being redeveloped. The following treatments will soon be available; Reiki, Reflexology, and Aromatherapy.

Meditation and relaxation
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Our Hospice volunteer and meditation lead Paul leads our weekly meditation session at the Hawthorne Centre. Under Paul’s guidance, you will be gently guided to relax your body and mind, so that at the end of the session you will be feeling more still, calm, and aligned with the world. (Open to all, sign up required)

Strength and balance
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A group for those who are able to stand, needing support and structure whilst exercising. (Open to registered individuals, sign up required)

Virtual Zoom sessions include:

Seated Exercise
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A group for those needing support and structure to keep moving along with some social contact (Open to registered individuals, sign up required)

Strength and balance
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A group for those who are able to stand, needing support and structure whilst exercising. (Open to registered individuals, sign up required)

Meditation and relaxation
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Our Hospice volunteer and meditation lead Paul leads our weekly meditation session at the Hawthorne Centre. Under Paul’s guidance, you will be gently guided to relax your body and mind, so that at the end of the session you will be feeling more still, calm, and aligned with the world. (Open to all, sign up required)

Where are our Day Services held?
Our wellbeing services are based at the Hawthorne Centre and our rehabilitation services are run from the Ernest Gardiner Treatment Centre, in Letchworth Garden City.

We also offer support weekly at the following Community Hubs: Stevenage (The Community Arts Centre & Symonds Green Community Centre)
Royston (The Coombs Community Centre)
Letchworth (Ernest Gardner Treatment Centre)


Do I need a referral from my GP?

You can self refer to our services by completing the form on the page.

Your GP or other healthcare professional you are connected with can also refer you to our services using our professional referral form.

Self-refer today

If you have a diagnosis of a life limiting condition, you can refer yourself by completing our self-referral form on this page. You are also very welcome to attend one of our Community Hubs to talk with a member of staff directly.

If you have already been known to our day services, and wish to reconnect for a review of your needs, please talk to one of the team at the Community Hubs or by phoning the team on 01462 679540.

What happens at my first appointment?

At your pre-booked appointment with one of our experienced healthcare professionals, we will ask you how your condition impacts on your day-to-day life, and discuss the things that are important to you in your life.

We will complete a holistic assessment of your current emotional, mental, spiritual and physical wellbeing.

Our team will work with you to create your individualised treatment plan, with a focus on your goals, priorities and future wishes. Sessions or groups will be recommended for you to attend.

You are most welcome to bring a family member, friend or carer with you to this first appointment.

Will I need to arrange transport?

Yes, you will need to arrange your own transport to access our sites. We can provide you with contact details should you need to organise assisted transport.

Is there parking?

Yes, we have free parking available at both the Hospice and Ernest Gardiner Treatment Centre, including disabled bays.

Visiting

Please check the latest visiting guidance in line with Covid-19 restrictions here.

Meet the team

Diane Postance

Diane Postance

Rehabilitation Assistant

Dawn Tidmarsh

Dawn Tidmarsh

Physiotherapist

Lucy Heaps

Lucy Heaps

Occupational Therapist

Jayne Harding

Jayne Harding

Physiotherapist

How can I find out more information or ask further questions?

Contact our rehabilitation and wellbeing team directly on
01462 679540 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm).

Figures are from 1st April 2021 to present day.

108
Referrals
1853
Hawthorne Centre activities
495
Virtual activities
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