As well as providing end-of-life care in our inpatient unit, Bury Hospice also looks after people in the community.

Helping patients early in a life-limiting diagnosis is key to the success of the hospice’s outreach service which was launched as a pilot scheme back in March 2019.

Our outreach team are getting involved much earlier in a patients’ diagnosis and the team spend time with the patients and their families to signpost what help and other services are available and talk through the process of their illness so they know what to expect.

It is our mission to ensure that we are able to develop our services to continue meeting the needs of people with life-limiting illnesses across Bury.

We have recently extended our outreach service to seven days and have implemented a night respite service.

They will initially be run as a pilot scheme and will ensure more people are being supported.

Linked to this we are also promoting a telephone helpline for patients, families and professionals and this is being managed by our fabulous outreach team. The number is 0161 762 5709.

We recognise that patients and their families need more than medical care and we are developing our services to provide emotional, spiritual and wellbeing support too.

We are committed to making the journey for people who need our help as seamless and all-inclusive as possible and have developed our complementary therapy service, which is dedicated to holistically looking after the person – and not just the patient but their family too.

To support families we have a hospice liaison service, which works across the community to support patients, families, professionals, and acts as a link between the hospice and other healthcare settings across Bury.

Our hospice educator provides internal education and support for our staff and volunteers in collaboration with other team members.

They deliver system wide training within our Living Well Centre and across the community focussing on care homes and collaborating with others to support health and social care providers in Bury to enable and empower others to care.

We host The Christie clinic in our Living Well Centre twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday as part of the Systemic Anti Cancer Therapy (SACT) Outreach service bringing treatment closer to home.

SACT is the delivery of systemic anti-cancer therapy - this can be chemotherapy, immunotherapy, bisphosphonates or hormone treatment.

Patients who wish to visit the phlebotomy clinic are required to book in advance.

For more information on times and availability, we encourage people to contact the SACT outreach team on 0161 918 7654.

We have also launched a motor neurone disease (MND) clinic in collaboration with Salford Royal Hospital (run by Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust).

The clinic runs every third Tuesday between 1pm and 5pm.