Our therapy team helps patients tackle physical, emotional and spiritual issues associated with their illness. If you are poorly, everyday tasks like dressing, washing, shopping - or even simpler things like making a cup of tea, opening a tin or gripping items - can become very tiring or just physically difficult to do.
Sometimes, even though a patient finds that they can carry out most tasks themselves, they may experience feelings of anxiety, loss of confidence or a loss of interest in life.
At St Luke’s, Occupational Therapy is all about overcoming the problems and feelings often associated with life-limiting illness. It helps patients to find different ways of doing things so that they can continue to get the most out of life despite their illness.
Physiotherapy at St Luke's is about care, rehabilitation and improving the quality of life for our patients.
This can be done by helping patients be more independent and by helping individuals to do as much as possible, physically. Our physiotherapists assess the needs of each patient individually and, through treatment, can help alleviate a range of problems and symptoms such as poor mobility, pain, nausea, fatigue, breathlessness, anxiety and lymphoedema (swelling).
Serious illness can lead to problems which go beyond immediate medical and nursing needs. These might include financial difficulties or emotional or psychological distress, as well as having to deal with all the many different organisations which can be involved in patient care. On top of this patients may have to cope with these problems when they are not at their best. This is where our social work team comes in. They specialise in working with people with serious incurable illness. The team works closely with the doctors, nurses and therapists at St Luke's, and team members will liaise on a patient’s behalf with other organisations, agencies and services.
Our social work team aims to give patients, their families, carers and close friends comprehensive help and support as the patient deals with the knock-on effect of their condition.
For more information, or if you would like to speak to a member of our social work team, please contact us on 0114 236 9911.
Our Bereavement Service supports family members and close friends of those who have been cared for at St Luke's or by our Community Nurses.
Grief is a natural consequence of loss, and people often manage their bereavement using their own resources and their usual social network.
We know that sometimes it’s useful to get support from elsewhere and so we write to families sending information about our service and we also do our best to make telephone contact.
After that first contact, we can continue to support by regular phone calls if needed. For those who prefer we can organise a home visitor. We also offer one-to-one counselling at St Luke's and we run a fortnightly support group in the city centre, which we call the ‘Drop-In’.
Contact us by phone on 0114 235 7505, by email at email@example.com, or by post at Bereavement Service, St Luke's, Little Common Lane, Sheffield, S11 9NE. We are here to support, to advise when we can, and above all, to listen.
Our team of qualified employed and volunteer therapists are dedicated to giving our patients an enhanced sense of wellbeing. One-to-one treatments offered by our complementary therapists will help you to feel relaxed, positive about yourself and ready to face the world. Some even alleviate pain and stress. All services are tailor-made to your needs and allow you as much choice as possible, while ensuring that the treatments you choose are safe and appropriate to your condition and medical treatment.
How our therapists might help you
The staff caring for you will advise which professional service can help you, and which therapies or treatments best suit your particular needs, medical condition and the medication you are taking. We offer a range of therapies and treatments, including:
- Beauty therapy, hairdressing and grooming
You can choose to experience just one of our beauty therapies or grooming services, or you can combine them with a complementary therapy if you wish.
If you would like more information about any of our wellbeing services, or would like to speak to a member of our team, please contact us on 0114 236 9911.
Spiritual Care Services
Terminal illness doesn't just affect the body. It can affect your whole life and how you feel about your life. This is why many patients find it helpful to be able to talk to someone who has time to listen and who is experienced in supporting people who are facing terminal illness.
Who are we?
We are a team led by an experienced health care chaplain/spiritual care chaplains supported by trained volunteers. The spiritual care team is here to listen and to talk with you, your family and friends. Whatever you would like to talk about, whatever faith you are from, and if you are of no faith at all, the team will be a compassionate, and completely confidential listener and support to you.
Who can use our service?
Our service is open to everyone. Our aim is to help and support people of all faiths and of no faith. We believe that everyone is of equal worth, we respect religious and spiritual diversity, and we recognise that different people have different spiritual needs.
If you are from a faith for which we have no chaplain or volunteer visitor, we will be pleased to contact a religious leader from your own faith at your request.
Spiritual and faith support
There is a chapel in the main foyer and anyone can use it for private prayer and reflection. The holy books of most of the world's main religions are kept there, and Muslim prayer mats are available.
For more information about our spiritual care service, please contact us on 0114 236 9911.
Managing your medicines
Our small team of highly skilled pharmacists and medicines management technicians ensure that our patients get the medications they need quickly, effectively and reliably. Their services include
- providing medicines, both for in-patient use and for when patients are discharged to return home
specialist medicines advice
- expert pharmaceutical support in collaboration with the medical and nursing teams.
- Our pharmacy service is supported by the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, including a medicines information helpline and 24 hour emergency support.
For more information, or to speak to a member of our occupational therapy team, please contact us on 0114 236 9911.