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John and Peter from our Breathe Happy group tell us the difference this Day Therapies group has made to them in helping manage breathlessness associated with heart failure. In this short video (transcript below) they also describe how their ideas of what hospices do have changed...


John: Sometimes I sit and I’m perfectly alright and I think there’s nothing wrong with me. But if I get up to move and I can’t… I lose my breath and it’s just gone. Some people when I’m telling them what it’s like here and they say ‘what do you want to be there for?’ But they’ve never been in the situation to know, and it definitely is doing me a load of good, no doubt about that. Plus the fact, I’ve got my wife at home who does everything because I can’t do a thing and that gives her at least a break on that which is good. That means a lot to me actually.

Peter: Because otherwise I’d be stuck at home all day and when you’re on your own it’s very difficult because you don’t see anybody, so the social side of it is very good as well, and that brings you out of yourself and gives you more confidence. They’ve all got similar conditions to myself and in various stages but it’s very good to learn how they’re getting on, how they’re coping with breathlessness and heart failure.

John: I’ve done exercises which I find quite good because otherwise you’d sit there and do nothing. But I do them and practice them at home. Even the games that we play is a big help to the brain.  Peter: Rather than sitting down at home all day you can move your feet and you actually do get some exercise in and probably do things that you wouldn’t normally do. So I find it quite educational. You do tend to sit a lot unfortunately because of the breathlessness but there’s lots of exercises you can do whilst sitting in a chair so that’s quite handy.

John: if I find I’m out of breath which I am often because I’ve only got to walk from one room to say the bathroom… I can’t, I’ve got to sit down straight away. My breath has gone and I just have to wait until it comes back. Take the shape of a telly; I go up one side, along the top down again. So I’m breathing in and then out as it comes along the bottom and I find that absolutely amazing actually how you can get back. I learnt that here.

Peter: I mean it is very good. You do learn a lot, there’s no two ways about it. You know how to cope if you do become breathless but as for getting out, it’s very difficult because a lot of the time you’re confined to the house. It is important because it does help you cope and not worry. That’s the main thing, you know, not to worry about your condition too much. And they push you a little bit sometimes where you would sit down and do nothing. It does give you the impetus to get up and do perhaps that little bit more than you would do. Confidence is probably another word.

John: I wouldn’t be able to do those things. I think I must do this, I must do that, and that does make a big difference to me actually, a terrific amount.

Peter: It’s like where people normally come to spend their last days, I always thought of a hospice, which I’m totally wrong obviously. There are other sides to it and thank goodness there is.

John: I mean I knew these places existed but I didn’t really know a lot about them and how it goes on. And I was amazed how wonderful - and I’m not saying that, I mean it you know - how wonderful they are.

Peter: I shall be sad when it finishes in another couple or three weeks because it has been most educational and helpful for my condition. I have learnt a lot from it, that’s the main thing. Give you confidence, you know. I’m going to go ahead and get myself a little electric scooter now so I can get out and about and that gives you the confidence to do that.

Contact Information
Fundraising

To contact the St Helena Fundraising team, please telephone 01206 931468 or email fundraising@sthelena.org.uk , Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

SinglePoint

24 hour advice: SinglePoint 01206 890 360 

SinglePoint is a 24/7 advice and support helpline which helps to coordinate an individual’s care with the hospice. SinglePoint also works alongside other healthcare services such as GPs, Community Nurses or Specialists. 

The Hospice

To contact a patient at The Hospice please find the address and telephone number below. Phone calls can be made to patients at any time of the day or week. You can contact Inpatient Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Hospice, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, C04 9JU

Telephone: 01206 845 566

Hospice in the Home

You can contact The Hospice in the Home Team Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:

Colchester/Halstead team
Telephone: 01206 845 566

Tendring community team
Telephone: 01255 221 222

Day Therapies

You can contact the Joan Tomkins Centre (Colchester) Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:

Telephone: 01206 848 163

Fax: 01206 752 245

You can contact the St Helena Tendring Centre (Clacton) Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01255 221 222

Tendring Centre Postcode for Sat Navs: CO15 1EU

Human Resources

The HR Team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466

Finance Team

To contact the St Helena Finance Team please telephone 01206 931 450 Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Volunteer Services Team

The Volunteer Services team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466

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Patient Referrals

If you, or a member of your family has a life-limiting illness and would like to discuss whether St Helena care services can help, you can contact the SinglePoint telephone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01206 890 360

Bereavement Support

To contact the St Helena Bereavement Support team please telephone the bereavement helpline: 01206 984 274, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Learning and Development Centre

The Learning and Development Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm and can be contacted on 01206 851 560

Service User Group

For more information on the St Helena Service User Group please contact Chair, Ken Aldred on 01206 751 397

Facilities Hire Enquiries

01206 851560

Lottery

To contact the Lottery team please call 0800 285 1390 or visit the website here, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

If you would like to write to or visit the Lottery team, the address is: Your Hospice Lottery Office Unit 6 The Atrium, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester CO4 9AS.

Comment, compliment or complaint

Feedback, comments and complaints about St Helena care and support services may be made verbally or in writing to: Director of Care, St Helena, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, CO4 9JU. To speak to a member of our team, call 01206 845 566