Outpatient and community services
Martlets' outpatient and community services are for terminally ill people living at home who are well enough to attend the hospice during the day.
From physiotherapy to pain management, Martlets' outpatient clinics are here to support you when you need it.
Because we know how important it is to support the people who care for you, your carer can use many of our services as well.
These services are open to anyone living within Brighton & Hove or the surrounding area who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Referrals will be accepted from doctors, registered nurses and allied health professionals. If you would like to self refer talk to your GP first.
Our day services team consists of outpatient clinics, social groups, wellbeing groups and complementary therapy.
If you need treatment or advice from a hospice care specialist, you can visit one of our outpatient clinics. One of our clinical nurse specialists or one of our consultants will assess your health, provide treatment and refer you for more care if you need it. As well as your symptoms, they’ll also consider your physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs to recommend a programme of treatment.
Good Vibrations Choir
Our choir is a great way to have fun, meet people and feel uplifted. It’s open to everyone, you don’t need experience – you just need to have a passion for music.
Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 6pm - 8pm (please arrive for 5.45pm) and Friday afternoons from 3pm - 5pm (please arrive for 2.45pm).
The choir is a really important part of my life and the people in the choir have really made such a difference to me. They’re all volunteers or people connected to Martlets in some way and in the last few years I’ve met some of the best friends I’ll ever have, some absolutely splendid people.
Come along for coffee and cake relax, unwind, meet new friends and have fun!
Events will include quizzes, board games and complementary therapy.
The groups are a great way to
relax and meet people going
through the same experience.
Sow and grow
Get some fresh air, make new friends and connect with nature in the beautiful Martlets garden. You don’t have to be an experienced gardener to join in, and you can choose to sit or stand during each session.
The group is open to patients and carers and takes place every week during the growing season.
A gentle yoga class of simple moves and slow sequences (with some gentle background music), all designed to calm the mind and body.
Open to all ages, levels of fitness and mobility.
I’ve done some yoga and tai chi. I love the exercise. Tai chi is gentle, but just enough for me and there’s also some mindfulness at the end of the session. It keeps me moving rather than just sitting around all the time.
The slow, purposeful movements of tai chi qigong have many health and emotional benefits. This gentle form of exercise is perfect for beginners and experts alike.
Open to all ages, levels of fitness and mobility.
Relaxation and mindfulness
The practice of mindfulness helps us to ‘step back’ and observe our thoughts without judgement, rather than being dragged along by them.
During a session we’ll teach you techniques to help you work through those moments and also to reduce stress and help you to relax.
Your wellbeing is about more than medication – our complementary therapies for patients and could help to relax you and ease your symptoms.
Martlets’ complementary therapies are given by experienced volunteer therapists who are all fully qualified.
We offer acupuncture, light touch massage, reflexology, reiki, emotional freedom technique craniosacral therapy and shiatsu.
Our rehabhiltation service consists of cccupational therapy and physiotherapy.
Our physiotherapists and occupational therapists can help make it easier for you to get about – giving you the power to be more independent.
They can assess your needs, provide mobility equipment, recommend exercises, help with fatigue and breathlessness, and suggest helpful adaptations to your home.
Community visiting service
Palliative care aims to achieve the best quality of life for people affected by life-limiting illness.
We know that sometimes you need to speak to someone about your illness – someone from a team that really understands.
We can provide you with:
- Advice and support for you and your family
- A single point of contact
- Home-visiting services seven days a week
- Accurate information and support to enable you and your family to make informed decisions about your care needs from the right person at the right time
Hospice at Home
If you've chosen to receive end-of-life care at home we can help give you and your loved ones exceptional care and support. We provide the high level of nursing care you’d find on the ward, in the comfort of your own home. Our experienced team will make visits and assist with pain management, symptom control, and emotional support, for you and your family.
Working closely with the specialists and doctors at the hospice our Hospice at home service provides:
- Help to control symptoms
- Emotional and social support
- Physical care
- Referral to other hospice services where appropriate