The Dougie Mac Day Therapy Unit allows patients to access a broad range of services. Patients can choose to attend for a full day or part day, usually once a week, for a period of up to 3 months. This may however be extended in some circumstances.
When you are referred to the Day Therapy Unit, you will be given an appointment for an assessment with a nurse and doctor. At this appointment, you will find out more about what Day Therapy can offer, and if it is appropriate for you. We will agree with you what your aims and goals are to ensure you receive the best care and support for your individual needs.
In Day Therapy, depending on your needs and goals, you may receive physiotherapy, complementary therapies, spiritual and psychological support, help with symptom management or support to plan for future care.
If you feel you would benefit from our Day Therapy services, please speak to your palliative care nurse, GP, District Nurse or Community Matron, for referral.
The Day Therapy Unit is open between 9.00am and 5.00pm from Monday to Friday, including bank holidays (excluding Christmas and Easter). Patients and carers can contact the Day Therapy Unit staff at any time between these hours. Outside these hours, advice can be obtained through our 24/7 advice line on 01782 344300.
Complementary therapies are given alongside conventional medicines, such as the treatment you are receiving from your doctor. The complementary therapies used at Dougie Mac are recognised for the positive effects they can have on a patient’s wellbeing. The following therapies are available and can be extended to carers and family:
- Indian head massage
- Acupuncture (may not be appropriate for all patients)
A Lymphoedema Clinic operates within the Day Therapy Unit five days per week. Please speak to the nursing staff for more information.
The nursing staff may refer patients to the Community Occupational Therapist, who can advise on the practical aspects of living with your illness. These include advice on the following:
- Bath aids
- Shower aids
- A general assessment of living needs
Diversional therapy can provide a means of helping patients express their thoughts and feelings. Some of the choices on offer are:
- Art therapy
- Thought stimulation
- Computer skills
- Flower arranging
- Card making
- Story telling
- Group projects
One of the aims of Day Therapy is to enable rehabilitation so that patients can remain at home and be independent for as long as possible.
The physiotherapist is available daily, providing enhancing ability and exercise classes in the specialist gym. The physiotherapist will assess you and devise a plan of care tailored to your needs.
Changing body image due to illness can have a profound effect on patients. Staff in the Day Therapy Unit are available to focus on hair, nails and make-up to raise self-esteem, confidence and well-being.
Should you require support from other services, staff can signpost you to them.
Please speak to the nursing staff for more information.
Where appropriate, patients can be referred to the Day Therapy Unit for blood transfusions as a day patient. Please discuss this with the nursing staff.
The nursing staff in the Day Therapy Unit will ask about your emotional and psychological wellbeing as well as physical symptoms. They will provide advice and support regarding your emotional and psychological health. They may also suggest referral to other hospice services that can support you, such as complementary therapies or psychological services.
Spiritual care is an important aspect of the care offered at Dougie Mac provided to all patients and their families by our Chaplaincy Team who are committed to respecting each person’s spiritual and religious preferences.
We also have a Spiritual Space available for families, patients, staff and volunteers if they wish to pray, meditate, light a candle in memory of someone or simply reflect.
The Chaplaincy Team offers the following services:
- Prayers, either formal or informal, which can be said at your bedside
- Regular services of worship in the Spiritual Space
- Holy Communion, in the Spiritual Space or at your bedside
- Laying on of hands
- Anointing with Holy Oil