Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre
Day Centre based at North Cambs Hospital in Wisbech, supporting people living with a life-limiting illness, providing Living Well services, treatment and clinical days.
Our multi-disciplinary team of highly qualified staff and dedicated volunteers provide expert care, which is holistic and tailored to each person’s specific needs.
Services include Living Well, treatment and clinical days (including blood transfusions, oncology and symptom management), complementary and diversional therapies, and bereavement and support services.
The Centre additionally supports patients and their families in their own homes through a Hospice at Home service and a community specialist palliative care service which ensures integrated care. The team also provides clinical advice and support to palliative patients on the adjacent Trafford Ward.
Redevelopment and expansion works were undertaken at the Treatment Centre in 2019, to accommodate the increasing volume and changing needs of people who require our care. The Hudson Foundation were the primary donor for the internal works, with the Friends of Wisbech Hospital and the Robert Hall Trust contributing additional funds.
Thanks to this extensive work we now have: space for private consultation, giving improved privacy and dignity; more treatment rooms with equipment to support patients with complex needs; dedicated complementary therapy and diversional activity rooms; increased Hospice at Home services to improve end of life choices; added rooms enabling us to support more patients and their families each day.
The team have continued to support patients through telephone and video calls from our clinicians, who can also refer them to our Caring Communities scheme.
Treatments are continuing as normal at the Centre, with enhanced infection control measures in place. If required and in special circumstances, the service has expanded to deliver treatments in patients’ own homes.
If you are expecting to see a member of the team and have not yet received a call, please do contact the team on 01945 669620.
The Centre’s specialist palliative care team continue to support North Cambs Hospital’s Trafford Ward with their end of life and palliative care beds.
As well as accessing our specialist team who can help with symptom management and control, spiritual support and providing relaxing therapies, our Creative Activities Coordinator guides provides creative therapy sessions allowing patients to discover a new talent or enjoy a long-forgotten hobby.
During the coronavirus pandemic, we have created ’51 Questions’ to help spark memories and conversations between patients and their family or friends.
Our Cambridge based site is now delivering Virtual Living Well services. Where there is a need, we are able to refer patients into this scheme, although they will be supported by the team based in Cambridge for these sessions, rather than Wisbech.
Patients will be invited to join via Zoom for a weekly programme of group sessions such as exercise, management of fatigue, anxiety or breathlessness, music therapy, relaxation and more.
Bereavement support is available to the family and friends of patients cared for by the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre, with both telephone and Zoom video calls in place, depending on what someone is most comfortable with.
How can I put into mere words my heartfelt thanks [...]. On his visits he felt so looked after and cared for, but mostly a person who mattered. I am eternally grateful to you.
581 people were cared for across the Treatment Centre’s full range of services between April 2020 and March 2021: 1760* treatments were provided, 45* living well sessions were attended, 31 Inpatients were supported on the Trafford Ward and 226 patients were known to our Fenland Hospice at Home Team.
*The number of living well and treatment sessions are much lower than in previous years due to pandemic restrictions. As a comparison, between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020, 460 living well sessions were attended by patients and 2,359 treatments were provided.
The Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre is an Arthur Rank Hospice Charity service.
This means that whilst clinical care is delivered from the Centre at North Cambs Hospital in Wisbech, the service is supported by the business and administration framework of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.
This includes aspects which are integral to the Centre’s every-day upkeep, such as facilities maintenance, finance management and administration, as well as volunteer, fundraising and communications support.
The Treatment Centre is funded by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, with additional funding received Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn for services provided for their patients.
We are extremely grateful to our local community for the dedication, commitment and generosity they show in helping raise the additional funds needed annually to fund its care.
Our extensive redevelopment and expansion were generously funded by The Hudson Foundation, who were the primary donor for the internal works, with the Friends of Wisbech Hospital and the Robert Hall Trust contributing additional funds.
Services delivered by the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre are available free of charge to patients living with an advanced serious illness or life-limiting condition, and their families, in North Cambridgeshire and the Fens.
Referrals can come from any healthcare professional so long as the patient has provided consent.
Patients are also able to refer themselves to the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre and will be assessed to see whether they match the criteria required for care. For more information visit How and when to seek a referral.
For further information, please call the team on 01945 669620.
Thanks to the dedication, commitment and generosity of the local community and the hard work of our senior leadership team to secure vital contracts with the NHS, all our services are free of charge.
It will cost £10.5 million this financial year to operate our services. We have currently secured £6.98 million from the NHS. meaning that £3.52 million needs to be raised through donations, fundraising activities and trading.
We are extremely grateful to our local community for the continual dedication, commitment and generosity they show in supporting us to meet this target.
If you would like to help support the Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre, please contact our Fundraising Coordinator Toni Bird on firstname.lastname@example.org or give her a call on 07435 550995.
There are hundreds of different ways to join us in helping to raise funds and she would be delighted to hear from you!
If you prefer to send a donation, please note that all cheques must be made payable to ‘Arthur Rank Hospice Charity’. If you wish to restrict your donation to the ‘Alan Hudson Day Treatment Centre’ please indicate this by writing on the back.)