The Hospice Podcast

The Hospice Podcast is produced by St John‘s Hospice, based in Lancaster and providing services across the South Lakes, North Lancashire and parts of North Yorkshire. This is your gateway to the field of palliative care. Each episode takes on a different topic, discussed by our highly experienced staff. After the last year, many more people are open to discussing the topic of dying – whether this is in a hospice, hospital or at home. More and more people are becoming aware and open to the idea of receiving palliative care from a hospice and all that entails. St John’s Hospice has been providing outstanding palliative care now for 35 years, not only on our inpatient ward but out in the community. We are often contacted for our advice and thoughts on the many facets of palliative care. So, we have created this podcast to share our learning with you – whether you work in health and social care, are training to do so, know someone who is receiving or you yourself are receiving palliative care – The Hospice Podcast aims to support you through hearing from those delivering this vital service. If there is a topic you would like discussed by our team, please get in contact with us! Please email us:

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Tuesday Sep 19, 2023

Did you need to make a Will? The short answer is yes! Many of us have questions and maybe some worries about the realities of making a Will. We talk to Liz, the Wills and Legacies Relationship Manager at St John's Hospice about why a Will is important as well as the common questions many have. 
Questions? Please email

Wednesday Feb 08, 2023

Looking after someone at home when they are reaching the end of their life can be daunting task, especially if you have no experience in care. Emma, head of St John’s Hospice Inpatient Ward and Dawn, one of our Senior Health Care Assistants in our Community Team talk us through some of the things we can all manage to improve the quality of life of a loved one in our care at home.
Questions? Please email

Friday Sep 02, 2022

Children are not immune to the effects of loss – and even feel it’s affects more acutely but how they grieve if often different. Advanced Nurse Practitioner Heather Wiseman and Forget Me Not Centre Engagement Officer Rachael Makinson discuss the reality of helping children and young people tackle grief. Questions? Please email 

Wednesday Jun 08, 2022

The experiences of grief and bereavement can be very different from person to person, family to family. Charlotte Blakey Bereavement Lead Nurse on the St John's Hospice Inpatient Ward talks us through both, discusses the differences and how we can work to overcome them.
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Friday Apr 01, 2022

What do you say to someone who has been given a life shortening diagnosis or is going through a bereavement? These are some of life’s hardest conversations. Dr Simon Edgecombe, Medical Direction at St John’s Hospice talks us through how we can approach talking and helping someone in these situations. 
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Tuesday Feb 01, 2022

Talking with Annie and Josie, from the St John’s Hospice Community Team we talk about poo and bust some myths around what is sometimes an avoided but essential topic in palliative care – bowel care. Questions & suggestions welcome: 

Wednesday Dec 01, 2021

Ensuring that patients receive the right care is essential but it is also important that a patient’s family is also supported, especially when they are contributing to the care of a loved one. This is where the Palliative Care Respite Service can be of enormous benefit. 
Dee Riley and Louise Dixon talk about what Respite Care is and the huge positive impact that it can have on a patient and their family.

Monday Nov 01, 2021

As more people are choosing to die at home rather than in a hospital or hospice ward we discuss what makes for a good death at home. Bringing their years of experience to the discussion are Anne Haygarth, Head of Hospice at Home and Josie Candlin, Head of the Clinical Nurse Specialist Service at St John's Hospice.
This episode also gives a great introduction to both Hospice at Home and Clinical Nurse Specialists.
Questions and feedback welcome:

Friday Oct 15, 2021

Sophy is joined by Maddy Bass Director of Nursing and Quality at St John's Hospice to discuss the art of difficult conversations.
Maddy takes us through the SPIKES method - a highly useful tool those working in care can use to make difficult conversations both more manageable and successful.
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Tuesday Oct 12, 2021

Tuesday Oct 12, 2021

This is The Hospice Podcast, a conversational podcast exploring different topics in palliative care.
Each episode features expert practitioners from a range of services at St John's Hospice.
This podcast is intended for anyone, anywhere who in interested in furthering their knowledge of the practices of a hospice and palliative care.

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