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On 15th March North London Hospice will be launching its Health and Wellbeing Service and its day centre in Barrowell Green will become the Health and Wellbeing Centre. This isn't just a new name for its existing outpatient services - the Hospice is in the process of expanding the scale and range of services it offers to patients and carers, with a special focus on symptom management, rehabilitation, self-management, social, psychological and emotional wellbeing.

The Health and Wellbeing Service will be launched officially at 4.15pm on 15th March, but it will be open house for visitors to the Barrowell Green building all afternoon - we're invited to "pop in" any time between 2pm and 7pm.

The Centre is at 110 Barrowell Green N21 3AY.  If you're planning to visit on the 15th, please let Trudi Leighton know on 020 8343 8841 or email .

The North London Hospice Health and Wellbeing Centre

health and wellbeing centreOur Health and Wellbeing Centre, in Barrowell Green, Winchmore Hill, will be the base for North London Hospice’s outpatients and therapies. It will offer outpatient clinics and a wide-ranging selection of support, treatment, courses and workshops for patients, their carers and families in the three boroughs we serve. Our aim is to enable all those affected by a life-limiting illness to feel supported to live as well as possible. The centre will expand the services that have been on offer focusing on symptom management, rehabilitation, selfmanagement, social, psychological and emotional wellbeing.

We are running many more groups focusing on peer support, providing strategies and tools to support the management of symptoms as well as opportunities to improve physical fitness, increase confidence and self esteem. We are also supporting patients and families dealing with any emotional and spiritual issues. We still offer an outpatient service where clinics are held for one to one appointments with our specialist consultant, nurses and any member of the multi professional team. We also work with our Finchley site supporting out patients and those in the inpatient unit.

We are keen to work in partnership with other providers of healthcare, for cancer and long term conditions. We are focusing on widening our reach to encourage more referrals for those with a non cancer diagnosis such as heart failure, neurological conditions and respiratory conditions. We are also looking to reach people soon after their diagnosis. All new services are planned with patients, carers, experts, internal and external professionals. We are really excited about the service and the opportunities it will be bring to our patients. Services are also being extended to include more for carers. We are also working with Noah’s Ark (Children’s Hospice) to support young people and their parents' transition into adult services. Groups are developing constantly depending on the need at the time. The ‘Catching the Light’ photography group started in November and will be meeting monthly. A peer support group for those with metastatic breast cancer is running monthly as well as a carer peer support group. We continue to offer complementary therapy to our patients and carers and are extremely grateful for all the volunteer therapists that provide this service.

We have visiting speakers, artists, musicians, theatre groups that visit both Hospice sites providing entertainment to our patients and carers. We are always keen to hear from anyone that may wish to host a session.

We would like to become embedded in our local community. We are keen to welcome students from various disciplines - at the moment we have a Drama therapy student on placement one day a week until June 2018.

We have a quarterly event calendar which gives more details on the courses and events we are running. These can be accessed via the Hospice website. We accept self referrals to the service and following an holistic assessment a plan will be jointly made. Some of the events are open to all, some need a referral from a health care professional.

If you would like to find out more about the service visit www.northlondonhospice.org or call Trudi Leighton, Associate Director of Outpatient and Therapies, on 020 8343 8841.

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