Hospice Launches Pet Festive Competition

delilahSt Barnabas House is inviting pet owners to send in photos of their beloved animals getting into the festive spirit.

The light-hearted competition celebrates our furry friends who are a common sight at the hospice, providing faithful companionship and bringing joy to patients and their families during difficult times.

The winner will be judged by patients in the Day Hospice with Joanne Quilter from Paws Pantry chairing the panel. The prize – a bottle of Champagne to enjoy over the festive period!

If your pet loves to pose in front of the camera, visit www.stbh.org.uk/petfestive to register and submit your favourite festive photo. Pet owners must be aged 18 or over and should send in their photo by midnight on Friday 14 December 2018. There is a suggested donation of £5 per entry.

St Barnabas House

St Barnabas House is a charity whose aim is to provide high quality, specialist palliative care, both within the hospice and in the comfort of patients’ homes, caring for adults with advanced progressive life-limiting illnesses.

Patients are never charged for their care. It costs £6.5 million each year provide all of the hospice’s care services and only a small part of these costs are state funded. This means that the majority of the money has to be raised through voluntary donations from local communities within the Worthing, Adur, Arun and Henfield areas.

Over the last 45 years, the hospice has cared for thousands of patients and their families in the areas of Worthing, Adur, Arun and Henfield. 

Hospice Care Pioneers

St Barnabas House is pioneering five key new developments to transform local hospice care services.

We have created a Disease Specific Nursing Team with dedicated specialist nurses working in key areas of care to support patients with other end stage conditions, as well as cancer. The introduction of this team enables us to provide more specialist end of life care to people in the local area with End Stage Renal Failure, End Stage Liver Disease, End Stage Respiratory Failure and Advanced Heart Failure.

St Barnabas House is one of the leading partners of ‘ECHO’, a 24 hour a day, seven day a week, nurse-led telephone support service for patients who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness.

Volunteers are at the heart of the hospice and we have expanded our team of Volunteer Counsellors, Family Services Visitors and Ward Volunteers. We have also introduced a new Dementia Companions element to extend our Community Companions service.

During 2017 we introduced a new Therapy Team who work across all areas of the service we provide. We are also exploring new ways in which we can improve the way we support some of our patients at an earlier stage of their disease journey.

Finally, our Education Team is supporting 28 care homes through various programmes. We are reaching healthcare professionals across the community to share our knowledge and best practice of palliative care for the benefit of those approaching the end of life.

For more information: www.stbh.org.uk/hospicecarepioneers