1. Are hospices where people go to die?
This is a common misconception and one we battle every day. Blythe House Hospice is here to help anyone living with cancer or other life-limiting illnesses, and we support people at any stage of their illness – from diagnosis to death or recovery. We are also there to support the friends and family of anyone affected by another’s illness.
2. Is Blythe House just for people with cancer?
We are here to help anyone affected by cancer or life-limiting illness and we support people who are bereaved. Visit our services pages to see the range of work we do.
3. Are the services provided by Blythe House free of charge?
The services we provide at Blythe House are free to the public, with the exception of education and training courses. However our services aren’t free to provide, which is why we are always so grateful for all of our wonderful supporters and every donation we receive.
4. Do I have to be referred into Blythe House services by my GP?
If you or someone you know may benefit from any of the services Blythe House offers, we are here to help. It doesn’t matter whether a GP, friend or relative makes the referral, or whether you just call us to make an appointment to talk to someone, we’re here for you. Simple as that.
5. What is Blythe House like? Is it depressing?
Just walk through our doors and you will see this myth dissolve. You will receive a warm welcome and may be surprised at the incredible atmosphere and feeling of well-being. Blythe House is filled with beautiful art, warmth, friends, smiles and laughter.
6. How can Blythe House help me?
There are so many ways that staff and volunteers at Blythe House, and other hospices, go above and beyond to help, and so many services available. These range from clinical services including palliative care support, Hospice at Home, to counselling, meditation, help with financial issues, advice, creative art, our headstart service, our nourishing lunches, to just having someone to talk to. There are so many ways that Blythe House can help you. Call us to find out more.
7. Does Blythe House have beds?
No; Blythe House is a Day Hospice. From April 2016 we will also run a Hospice at Home service. Many people don’t realise that 90% of hospice care in the UK is provided through day and hospice at home services.