Our Services

Day Hospice

Day hospice provides a supportive, safe environment to help individuals manage their illness in a way that is best suited for that person.  Day Hospice aims to maximize the individual’s quality of life using a variety of services that the individual can access to help them gain control of their life and symptoms.

Services available include symptom control, emotional support, advanced care planning, complementary therapy, a listening ear along with the opportunity to have companionship and some fun.  The services are provided by qualified nurses, therapists, and volunteers.  The Palliative Care Consultant holds a clinic regularly at the hospice and liaison with other health professionals occurs as needed.


A different type of care for those needing a period of active support without coming to a designated group. This usually takes the form of planned visits to a complementary therapist or other member of the clinical team for some specific treatment, as per individual assessment. Nursing staff are also available.

Outreach Service

What is Outreach?
Great Oaks Hospice provide Outreach services. The service aims to support and improve the lives of people with cancer (or any other life limiting diagnosis) and their families, within their own homes. It takes the services provided at Great Oaks into the community, whilst linking in with other local service providers. This service is provided by experienced volunteers and supported by the Community Services Manager.

How Outreach works:
You can access the service through by speaking to one of the Outreach team. They will discuss your enquiry with you and, if appropriate, arrange for a visit to your home to discuss possible ideas or solutions.
Our team of volunteers bring a quality to caring that is different from care provided by health care professionals. They are specially trained and recruited for their work within patients' homes and have undergone the standard checks required when working at Great Oaks.

What we offer:
Befriending; Carer support and respite; Complementary therapy; Emotional / psychological support; Help with increasing / maintaining independence by encouraging self help; Information, Financial advice; Family support; transport and support for shopping, attending medical appointments, etc.; Support groups

How to Access Outreach:
If you have needs that you think could be met by the Outreach service please get in touch. Please contact us, asking for one of the Outreach team.

Receiving Support from [email protected]
Our Hospice at Home Nursing Care is available to anyone living in the Forest of Dean. We provide quality, holistic care and support in the home of patients who are at the end of their life or going through a particularly bad time during their illness.
Nursing Care and support is offered to those people who wish to stay at home to die. This service can also be made available to those patients experiencing an acute episode of illness or at times of crisis.

Referrals to [email protected]
Referrals are made through a health care professional; such as a GP or District Nurse.
Referrals are assessed on an individual needs basis by the Hospice at Home Coordinator, a qualified and experienced palliative care nurse. The coordinator will plan care according to physical, practical, emotional or spiritual needs and match them to resources available.
Your care needs will be met by experienced qualified nurses and health care assistants who will be with the patient for agreed lengths of time during the day and overnight. This service works in partnership with GP, District Nurses, Community Nurse Specialist and other health professional.

Our Philosophy of Hospice @ Home care
Hospice at Home Nursing Care endeavours to ensure the maximum quality of life possible for the patient's stage of illness and support and care to the family and carers. Achieved peacefully and in the comfort of their own surroundings.


How to get help and support

Sadly, Bereavement is a universal experience but everyone’s experience of loss is unique and different. There will be times when we feel completely lost and bewildered and it may even feel that we have landed in a strange country where things appear to be the same, but it all feels so alien.

At these times we can search for familiar things, routine, structure and support from steadfast sources and at other times we may just want to be left alone. What we need one day will differ the next day. There will be times when we do not want to share our feelings with our families and friends as they are going through their own sense of loss, and we do not want to add to their worries so we try to soldier on as best we can.

On these occasions, it may be helpful to talk things over with someone outside the family.

If you feel like this then please contact the hospice either by phone or email via our Contact Us page.

The Bereavement Service is mainly for the family and friends of the people who have used our services but we know that in general, bereavement services struggle to provide immediate support, so if you have a bereavement where the person has not used our services, the same support will be given to you, and you can use any of the above methods to contact me.

Other Services

Complementary Therapy

Complementary therapies are a service provided by Great Oaks to work alongside existing medical treatment.
Experienced Complementary Therapists are able to offer a number of different therapies including Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Reiki, Bowens Technique, Qi Gong and more.
Therapies are able to help with relaxation, symptom control, adaptation to change & support to help self-manage.

Support Groups

There is an array of support groups to meet the varying needs of people and patients. They include;

  • Bereavement
  • COPD
  • Finding Me, Friendship, Qi Gong, Sound Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy works with a person to identify strengths, what is motivational and most important to a person, including practical plans for the future. It helps in identifying a person’s needs and goals, and works with them to enables participation in activity of importance to them. For example, in a person’s own home to manage activities such as dressing, making meals and drinks, going shopping, doing a hobby, or attending a social group. Also using different techniques, energy conservation strategies and adaptive aids and equipment.

Occupational Therapy uses therapeutic activity to help people find new focus, interest, roles and occupations through crafts, art, gardening, cookery and other activities. It includes developing or adapting skills required for occupation through using activity itself, for example to develop skills in decision making, confidence, motivation, self- esteem, managing anxiety, problem solving and social interaction.