Day services

We welcome adults of all ages to our modern, fully equipped hospice day service department.

With group activities and individual appointments we can help you choose the best options to suit your health needs, lifestyle and circumstances. Services are always free for patients and families.

Day therapy sessions

Sessions available Monday – Friday, 10am – 3pm.

You can come to the hospice each week for care and support. We’ll help you put together a programme of care based on your individual needs including:

  • information and advice on different aspects of your illness including helping to control your symptoms
  • emotional support
  • relaxation techniques
  • complementary therapies
  • specialist programmes for people with heart failure or breathing difficulties
  • fun activities including gentle exercise, Wii Fit, crafts, games and quizzes
  • free internet access
  • a chance to meet others in a similar situation.

We also offer:

  • hairdressing (small cost) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am – 2pm and Fridays by appointment
  • manicure service from volunteers
  • visits from ‘Pets as Therapy’ (PAT) dog.

Complementary therapies

Our wide range of safe and natural complementary therapies do not replace traditional care, but people often comment on their relaxing qualities and overall benefits. Sessions are open to carers too.

Therapies include: acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology, reiki, relaxation and massage.

Breathe Better

For people with breathing difficulties associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

These sessions are available on Monday from midday – 3pm.

This eight-week course involves an exercise programme to help you breathe more easily. It also includes presentations from a physiotherapist, medical consultant, specialist nurse and psychologist to help you understand your condition and manage your symptoms.

At the end of the course you may be able to continue to come to the hospice to meet others and exercise on a weekly basis at a follow up group which meets on Mondays, 11am – 1pm.

Heart Failure Programme

This service runs on Tuesday afternoons between 2pm – 4pm for patients with severe heart failure and their carers.

This ten week programme is run in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation Heart Failure Nurse Specialists. The aim is to help people understand and manage their illness, review symptom control, minimise emergency admissions to hospital and help people to plan for the future.

Art group

This group takes place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am – 12 noon.

You can create your own artwork using different media, from woodwork to oil paint and water colours. No experience required.

We've run art groups before, and have a selection of images in our Bradford Hospice art gallery.

Intravenous infusions and blood transfusions

This service can be accessed on Monday – Friday, from 9am – 4pm.

If you normally receive bisphosphonate infusions or blood transfusions in hospital you can have them here at the hospice instead, provided your consultant or palliative care nurse refers you.

During your visit you can also take advantage of our facilities and services.

Religious and spiritual support

Our chaplains regularly visit the day therapy unit and are available for consultation and support to all patients and their families whether practicing within a faith tradition or not. They will be happy to arrange services in the hospice chapel, provide resources for spiritual practices and arrange personal consultations on request.

Outpatient appointments

You can visit one of our specialist doctors, physiotherapist or occupational therapist in our outpatient clinics for a one-to-one consultation. You can also make an appointment to have a complementary therapy session.

How to get day service care

Ask your GP, nurse or hospital consultant if they think you could benefit from Marie Curie Hospice day services and whether they will refer you.

For more details about day services call 01274 337000 and ask to speak to one of the day services staff.

More services at the Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford

We also offer in-patient carespiritual care and support for families.

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