HospiceCare North Northumberland

Caring for Life!

Our Weekly Drop-ins

HospiceCare holds weekly Drop-ins at Alnwick and Berwick, no appointments are necessary, simply just turn up.

The Hospice buildings are like a home-from-home where people gather for their chats and coffee, we have comfy seats and pleasing décor. The kettle is always on; there is an abundance of cake and biscuits and an entertaining wealth of conversation!

Many people think that they need to feel ‘well’ to come to the ‘drop-in’, but often people will feel better once they have been! This may be because spending time with others offers a distraction from thoughts and feelings.

Our drop-ins are run by volunteers, however, appointments can be made with one of our clinical team If someone is needing to have one to one support or counselling to discuss any fears, worries or concerns about any particular symptoms you may be having. These can be addressed as the trained nurse will contact your GP or other professional involved in your care, with your consent, as necessary. These appointments are offered in a quieter, private area of the drop ins.

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The drop-ins are for patients, carers and families so everyone who attends does so for their own needs and reasons. Everyone is treated as a unique individual and there is a mutual acceptance and understanding that no-one needs to say anything they don’t wish to say, but what is said is listened to with respect and consideration.

Trained and experienced complementary therapists offer their time freely as volunteers and provide a range of therapeutic complementary therapies such as reflexology, massage and reiki.  These treatments are also available to carers and family members and are free of charge, so if you would like to book an appointment for a particular therapy, please call our Nursing Team on: 01665 606515.

"When I come to the Hospice I feel normal because I can get away from all of the equipment which surrounds me at home and no-one keeps asking all of the time ‘how are you?’ It’s like visiting family and having a good natter!"

People can attend the drop-ins for as long or as little as they wish. There are no time limits or a need to attend regularly as people can attend the drop-ins for support when they feel they need it. However, we do get to know some people and their families for many years because once the door is open it never closes and as someone’s condition changes and deteriorates we take the Hospice into their home to continue providing the care and support needed.

The drop-ins are also for those people and their families living with other illnesses, it is not all about cancer!  People can attend who have heart failure, Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and chronic breathing difficulties.

People can also be referred to the drop-in sessions by their District Nurse, GP or other Healthcare professional. Alternatively ring us on: 01665 606515 or just ‘DROP-IN!’ - you will always receive a very warm welcome. Sue Gilbertson, Nursing Manager

Alnwick Drop-Ins: Wednesday mornings, 10am-1pm.

Berwick Drop-In: Monday mornings, 10am-1pm.

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For more information

  • Our Nursing Team

    Anyone is welcome to contact HospiceCare directly as a GP referral is not required.

    You can either call us directly on: 01665 606515 and asked to speak to a member of the nursing team, or  fill in our enquiry form and a member of the nursing team will get back to you. Debbie Allan, Deputy Nursing Manager


Castleside House,
40 Narrowgate, Alnwick,
Northumberland NE66 1JQ
Tel: 01665 606515
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