The Hazel Centre
The Hazel Centre, located within Countess Mountbatten House, provides a range of day care services and two key support session programmes, explained in more detail below.
Supporting independence and wellbeing
The first programme is a series of psychological support days which focus on helping you to maintain a sense of independence and wellbeing.
Advice and support will be offered by members of the multidisciplinary team, covering practical information on:
• specialist symptom control
• nursing assessments
• referrals to other health and social care professionals
• occupational therapy
• social work
• our counselling psychologist’s services
The sessions are held on alternate weeks. In the first session you will identity your aims for attending, and an action plan relating to your attendance will be produced.
As the sessions progress, the team will meet with you to ensure that your needs are being addressed. The aim is for you to have achieved everything you need to from the programme after your 12 sessions have been completed.
The second programme is a therapeutic clinic run as a short course for six weeks. It focuses on providing you and your family with information to help you understand the options, support and services that are available to you, enabling you to make your own decisions. This is sometimes described as ‘empowerment’.
The programme includes sessions on:
• information on control of symptoms and nutrition
• social work and counseling
• making choices for the future
• financial and benefits advice from the Citizens Advice Bureau
• information on local services
Additional activities and complementary therapies
In addition, on both days there are relaxing complementary therapies available free of charge, including:
• aromatherapy massage
• therapeutic hand care/manicure
If you enjoy being creative, you will find various arts and crafts materials available for your use in our well-stocked art room.
Lunch and refreshments
An extensive lunch menu is available and refreshments are provided.
Being referred for a place on the sessions
Referrals can be made by a member of the Countess Mountbatten House team, your GP or community nurse, your hospital consultants or specialist nurses in the community or hospital. Transport can be arranged if needed, please contact us for more information.
Information and resource drop-in service
Wednesdays 2.30 to 4.30pm.
All are welcome to attend our friendly information and resource drop in sessions. The service is designed to help people living with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses and their family members and carers to meet others in a similar situation over a cup of tea in a relaxed environment.
What’s on offer:
• specialist nursing advice
• access to:
– information about managing illness
– complementary therapies
– a Citizens Advice Bureau advisor and a social worker for help and advice in
relation to care provision and child and family support
• advice and support for carers
Contact the Hazel Centre
If you would like more details about any of the services running at the Hazel Centre, our telephone number is: 023 8047 5544.