What we do

Hospice of the Valleys provides specialist palliative care to the people of Blaenau Gwent.

We generally work with people who have a life limiting condition such as heart failure, Chronic Obstructive Disease (COPD) and cancer.

Specialist Palliative Care can help patients and their families with physical, emotional, social and financial problems that are difficult to control. We can help to plan ahead, provide support at the end of life and through bereavement.

Patients may only need care from Hospice of the Valleys for a short time and can be discharged from us if their symptoms are controlled.

We also have a designated service for patients with Dementia and their carers called CARIAD (Care and Respect in Advanced Dementia).

Our team is made up of professionals who have all had additional training and experience in palliative care.

The team provide care for patients:

• At home
• In their regular place of residence including nursing homes, Ysbyty Aneruin Bevan or Ysbyty Tri Chwm
• At our out-patient clinical in the Hospice in Ebbw Vale

Our team work closely together and alongside all of Health and Social Care providers including GPs, district nurses, hospital teams and voluntary workers. We place the patient and their family at the heart of everything we do, so we can provide the right care and support.

Who we care for

Hospice of the Valleys cares for people living in Blaenau Gwent whose illnesses are no longer curable.  We aim to care for and support people in the place of their choice, whether it is in their own homes, supported by our Hospice at Home and Community Teams, in our Out-Patient Clinic, or in the local Hospitals.

 

Phil was shell shocked when diagnosed with Prostate Cancer three years ago, age 44. Not knowing where else to turn, Phil self-referred to the hospice, already aware of the service as his father- in- law had received support.  “When I was diagnosed I was unsure where to turn. The hospice helped me understand my diagnosis and then explained the services they could provide to support me and my family” Shortly after Phil’s referral his specialist nurse saw he was suffering from a number of stress induced problems and suggested complementary therapy. “I was sceptical to begin with, but I could soon feel the benefits. My stress levels decreased and my sleep dramatically improved”. Phil received reflexology, massage and aromatherapy he also received these treatments when staying at Ysbyty Aneurin Bevan hospital.   The treatments improved Phil’s physical and psychological symptoms, allowing him to open up, discussing his fears and anxieties in a safe and relaxed environment. “It was my oasis in life, it was me time and I didn’t get that anywhere else. I would highly recommend having complementary therapies to anyone who is unsure. They have helped me no end and I haven’t looked back since” Phil explained.  During Phil’s journey he accessed a variety of the hospice’s services including family support, nursing and therapies. The clinical team worked together providing the support Phil needed.   Phil was discharged from the hospice as his symptoms were controlled and stable. Although Phil was anxious about discharge, he worked with the team and knows that should anything change, the hospice is only ever a phone call away.