Living Well Services

We provide Living Well services from our two sites: the Hospice in Farnham and the Beacon Centre in Guildford.

Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice
The Day Hospice and other Living Well services at the Hospice provides intensive tailored support for patients with identified specialist palliative care needs for an agreed period of time. While having a strong social component, Day Hospice does not intend to provide ongoing social day care, but it enables patients to access valuable therapeutic activities and groups.

Referral
Patients who are appropriate for specialist palliative care and who are willing and able to attend Day Hospice may be referred with one or more of the following:

• Moderate – high symptom burden precipitated by palliative treatment or disease progression
• Fragmented care complicated by multiple co-morbidity/polypharmacy
• Unmet psychological or spiritual needs associated with disease progression and/or multiple loss
• Family distress related to increasing care needs

Referral is via the SWSH Cancer Network specialist palliative care referral form.

Referrals may be triaged by a Community CNS or directed to Day Hospice if they clearly fit the Day Hospice Criteria listed above.

Living Well Services at the Beacon Centre
Our Living Well services, based in the Beacon Centre, offers a calm and therapeutic environment to help patients live with their diagnosis and to cope with the ongoing management of their condition. We are a specialist team of nurses, counsellors, psychologist, physiotherapists, and dietitians.

Our aim is to improve coping skills and self confidence at a time when patients may be feeling vulnerable, because they could be:

  • Experiencing anxiety and stress related to their illness
  • Attempting to adjust to a new situation
  • Living with cancer or a life changing progressive illness
  • Living with uncertainty.

All patients have a general assessment focusing on their concerns at the time of referral. Following our discussions we will help to prioritise their needs and can refer to other team members at Phyllis Tuckwell as appropriate. We can also signpost patients to information to help with decisions and choices.

Referral is via the SWSH Cancer Network specialist palliative care referral form.

Referrals may be triaged by a Community CNS or directed to our Living Well Services if they clearly fit the criteria.