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Ashgate Hospice > Our services > Day Services

One of the first services people access is our Day Services care and support.

We want to help you maintain your independence, improve your quality of life and manage your symptoms.


The team provides advice, education, activities, emotional, psychological, and peer support. They can also develop care plans with you based on your needs and wishes. 

How we can help

Our Day Services team provide advice, education, activities and support to a patient and their family at an earlier stage of their diagnosis. At a drop-in session a patient has access to a range of services, including physiotherapy, complementary therapy and expert medical advice.

This can include advanced care planning, non-complex symptom management, signposting, and referral to other specialist services as required.

Each patient’s needs are different. Some get real benefit from specialist physiotherapy or occupational therapy – offering practical support to help our patients to live well. Others come for our complementary therapies, such as Reiki or an Indian head massage to help relieve anxiety and aid relaxation.

Many patients rediscover a love for the arts and spend their time creating new pieces as a way of expressing their emotions. These unique creations can also be passed on to their families as special keepsakes. One thing that everyone can enjoy by attending our Day Services is the special friendships that are formed with others who are going through similar experiences to their own.

Other services we offer

  • Telephone support – We’re here for you if you need to talk to us on the phone.
  • Virtual support – We can support you over the phone or virtually through Microsoft Teams. We have a tablet loan scheme for those with limited access to technology or the internet. Please speak to a member of the Day Services Team if you would like to discuss this further.
  • Outpatient appointmentsEvery Wednesday and Friday, we have appointments available with our doctors and nurses to discuss symptom management issues and advanced care planning. These appointments are held face-to-face at our Old Brampton site and offer the opportunity to meet other professionals such as therapists and social workers.
  • Horticultural therapy – Sessions are held on the last Friday of the month in our gardens and run between March and September. Sessions include tending the gardens as well as activities such as soap making and pot painting.
  • Physiotherapy Support – Our Physiotherapy team works alongside Day Services to provide small group physical activities. This includes activities such as bowling, skittles, and other gentle group activities. They also provide chair-based exercises and Tai chi sessions (standing or seated). They also provide individual one-to-one physiotherapy sessions. If you would like more information, you can read more about our Physiotherapy team on our website. You can also speak with our Day Services team.

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"It’s nice to have friendly people to speak with and people who are on the same level as me with regards to their ailments."

David Lawton, Day Services patient

"We were nervous about visiting the hospice at first but the welcome we received was overwhelming and from then on, our experiences were always second-to-none."

Keith Brown, Husband of Kate, Day Services patient
Woman in a shed smiling at a laptop
Virtual horticultural session with Ami, our Activities Coordinator
Two women looking at a tablet device together
We have computer tablets that we can loan for our virtual support
Article | 5 October 2021

A day in the life of… a hospice day services nurse

The Day Services team are available Tuesday to Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm excluding bank holidays.

To speak to a member of the team, please contact us using the details below.

Day Services