Pendleside recognises that the diagnosis of a life limiting illness is a distressing experience for most people. Psychological distress such as shock and disbelief, fear and anxiety, anger, low mood and depression, are understandable and natural responses that can change on a day-to-day basis.
It may be difficult to come to terms with the situation and emotional adjustment is often harder than coping with the physical effects of the illness or treatment. You may find yourself facing surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or other medical treatment that brings further worry.
The Psychological Support service at Pendleside is a specific programme consisting of cognitive behavioural therapy, psychotherapy, counselling, mindfulness, or other therapies; these can address the physical, emotional and social problems often associated with the diagnosis of a life limiting illness.
How can I access Psychological support?
Patients are able to refer themselves to the service and we also accept referrals from relatives, carers & healthcare professionals. It is important that the person being referred has consented to the referral before it is completed and we may need to contact relevant healthcare professionals to obtain more information. You may complete a referral form and email the completed form to: [email protected]
We do accept referrals through the post but this will add delays to us receiving it and being able to offer services.
For further information, please contact the team on 01282 440110. We have a private voicemail so if you need to leave a message you can do so safely and with confidentiality assured.
What happens next?
The therapist will contact you and complete an initial assessment; following this up to 10 sessions of 60 minutes may be offered; however, this will be assessed according to need and may be extended.
How do I contact the Psychological Support service?
The Psychological Support team can be contacted Monday – Friday between 9am and 5pm by telephoning 01282 440110
Who will provide the support?
The Psychological Support team is made up of trained psychotherapists and counsellors.
Where will the support take place?
Support is provided in the day services department, but is available across other Hospice services, including inpatients and outpatients.
What about confidentiality?
Anything discussed with the therapist will be strictly confidential and nothing will be disclosed to any other health care professional without your knowledge. All records of treatment are kept separate from the main patient records.
If you need to cancel or postpone an appointment, please contact the Hospice on 01282 440110 as soon as possible