Sunflower Centre Referral Information

How we can help your patients

The Sunflower Centre provides a range of wellbeing services for patients, their families and carers in our catchment area, living with progressive life-limiting conditions, including:

Heart failure
Lung disease
Neurological conditions

Our team includes a senior Occupational Therapist, Complementary Therapists, Family Support Team, Spiritual Care, Nurse, Doctor, Lymphoedema Sister, Activities Co-ordinator, physiotherapist, and Care Assistants.

Our care is holistic, looking after the whole person, helping with emotional and spiritual issues as well as physical symptoms. The Sunflower Centre also facilitates opportunities to talk with, and gain support from, others who are living with the effects of cancer or life-limiting conditions.

Most importantly, we hope to connect with more people earlier on in their diagnosis, so that they might increase their sense of wellbeing, knowledge and understanding of their condition, as well as access a range of support offered through the Sunflower Centre.

Referrals will be accepted from all healthcare professionals. Patients must agree to the referral. Each referral will be considered according to individual needs.

Once a referral to the Sunflower Centre has been accepted the patient will be offered an initial needs assessment to establish the support and input that best meets their needs. This may be on an individual or group basis, appointment, or workshop.

Please note that some therapies are appointment-based and offered on a time-limited basis.

Referrals should be made using the standard referral form here.

Our services include:

Nurse-led Assessment following Referral one hour appointment on a Monday, to discuss goals and plan of care at the Sunflower Centre.

Complementary Therapies (by appointment) including aromatherapy, Reiki, reflexology, Indian head massage – for patients and their families/carers.

Lymphoedema Outpatient Clinic (Mondays and Thursdays) caring for cancer patients with mild to complex swelling – please feel free to call to discuss referral.

Living with Fatigue and Breathlessness 6-session courses for patients (and carers where appropriate), run by members of our team.  Follow up sessions offered as part of the support.

Nurse-led Relaxation and Re-enablement (R&R) Day (Wednesdays 10am - 3.30pm) providing social interaction, therapies, carer respite, and peer support to help maintain independence and quality of life (up to 10 weeks).

Chill-out Thursdays (each week, 10am - 12noon; tea, coffee, biscuits available) open to all living with or affected by life-limiting conditions. An opportunity to learn techniques for de-stressing and relaxation, exploring mindfulness, guided meditation and adapted yoga. All are welcome.

Bereavement Drop-in (alternate Thursdays, 5pm - 7pm; light refreshments available) for adults bereaved as a result of a terminal illness.

Drop-in (Fridays 10am - 3pm; tea, coffee, biscuits available) open to those living with life-limiting conditions and their family/carers for information and social support, spiritual support, general advice, Advance Care Planning, art and creative work. Please note there is no medical/nursing input at the Drop-In. Patients must be able to self-medicate. Transport is not provided. Family members / carers may attend independently of the patient. Referral is not necessary; no appointment needed. Please note that lunch is not served at the Drop-in.

Diversional Therapies to promote improved self-esteem, including creative writing, painting, mindfulness work, reminiscence work, and other creative opportunities.

Art Therapy with a qualified art therapist (workshops run several times per year).

Bathing Service each Friday, with four one-hour appointments available.

Volunteer Visitor Service offering regular visits from carefully matched, specially trained volunteers, in patients’ own homes for support, company, conversation and to help provide a little carer respite.

Please note: We are unable to provide transport to all our patients as a matter of course. Patients should, under normal circumstances, be able to make their own transport arrangements. We may be able to provide volunteer drivers, and a very limited number of places on Hospice transport (should an early assessment indicate this).

The Sunflower Centre services are free of charge to patients and carers but are not free to provide. As a charity we rely heavily on the generosity of the public to help raise just over the £5 million it costs each year to run St Leonard’s Hospice.

For further information, please contact Jonathan Singh on 01904 708553
St Leonard’s Sunflower Centre, 185 Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1GL