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Sam Beare Hospice

22 Church Street,
KT13 8DY

Sam Beare Hospice Weybridge Surrey

Sam Beare Hospice is at Weybridge Community Hospital, Weybridge Surrey

Sam Beare Hospice based within Weybridge Hospital, re-opened on August 1st 2006 under the management of Woking Hospice and provides palliative care and support to the residents of North Surrey.

Weybridge Hospital has been in the hearts and minds of the people of Weybridge since it was built with donations from local people in 1889.
The Sam Beare Ward was opened in 1977 and provided care for local cancer patients. In 2006 the Sam Beare Ward became the Sam Beare Hospice, a registered charity.

It is no longer part of the NHS, but has to be funded by public donations.
It costs £1.5 million per year to fund the ten beds and community services provided by the Hospice. It shares management with Woking Hospice and provides specialist palliative care to the residents of West Elmbridge, Runnymede and Spelthorne.
In the current economic climate, the money needed to fund this unit is becoming increasingly difficult to find and there is a real danger that the local community will lose this important service.
Please help the charity by participating in or attending fundraising events or by providing goods for sale or purchasing from one of the Same Beare shops in Weybridge town centre
Hospice Care
Hospice care is based on the belief that each person is more than their illness, and that each of us has unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Woking & Sam Beare Hospices responds to the needs of each individual, helping people achieve the best possible quality of life.
Care For All
This highly personal, holistic approach to care takes time, skill and experience from a multi-professional team. We care for people in the hospice, in their homes and in nursing homes.
Through expert assessment and regular monitoring we aim to relieve pain, symptoms and side-effects of illness.
We enable people to receive care, treatments and therapies directly, wherever they live, through liaison with other healthcare professionals and by providing 24 hour telephone support.
We help people retain their independence, mobility and sense of control by providing practical help, equipment and advice.
We help restore self confidence and well-being by giving patients the opportunity to meet socially, gain support from others in similar circumstances, and benefit from relaxation therapies.
We give patients and their loved ones opportunities to discuss their thoughts and feelings which can relieve fears and anxieties.
We help people plan for the future so that they can enjoy life as fully as possible.
Where possible we support patients’ carers by providing respite care, giving people a much needed break from their caring role.
We provide open and honest explanation to questions, enabling people to make informed choices and have greater control throughout the dying process.
We support people as their condition deteriorates, helping families, carers and friends to prepare for bereavement.
We provide ongoing support to families and carers in bereavement, from simple practical advice through to counselling services.
Both Woking & Sam Beare Hospices are separate registered charities with joint running costs of £5.4 million per year. We make no charge for our services - all patient care is entirely free, and we rely on donations and other fundraising activities to fund our work.

For further information about palliative care and the hospice approach, please follow the following links: www.helpthehospices.org.uk  or www.ncpc.org.uk  (the national council for palliative care. )

Fundraising Events In Aid Of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

The all about Weybridge regularly publices fundraising events for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices (including the Annual Midnight Walk) on our What's On Section. So please take a look to see what fund raisers are coming up and support them, or if you are holding an event send details in to chris@allaboutweybidge.co.uk and we will do our best to include it.
Sam Beare Hospice Weybridge Surrey
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices Website

Radio Interview: News Of Plans For New Hospice Building
Nigel Harding, CEO Woking and Sam Beare
Hospices talks on Brooklands Radio with
Graham Laycock about news of plans for
a new hospice in Woking and associated
plans for Sam Beare in Weybridge.
Broadcast in December 2013
Listen to Interview

Press Release - Loan secures long term, sustainable community care presence for Hospices
Nov 2013 News:
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices (WSBH) and Woking Borough Council are pleased to announce they have agreed a loan facility of up to £6 million from the Council which will go some way to enabling its development of a long term, sustainable presence in the local community.
WSBH services are currently working at full capacity serving over 1,000 patients annually both in the community and from their hospices in Woking and Weybridge. The Hospices are however coming under increasing pressure – a problem expected to heighten as people live longer, making increasing demands on the service and as they need the ever more complex End of Life Care Hospices offer. Woking & Sam Beare Weybridge Hospice - Loan for new development
Against this background the Hospices, led by Chief Executive Nigel Harding and with the full support of the Trustees conducted an extensive strategic review of future service provision needs. At the core of the review was the uncompromising determination to deliver excellence in everything the Hospices do including delivery through in-patient units, day units, at care and residential homes and within patients own homes.
The review produced many recommendations which now form a challenging Strategic Plan for the Hospices. The plan includes two recommendations fundamental to the future sustainability of the Hospices in the community:
  • to change the organisational infrastructure, moving to a single in-patient unit
  •  to grow capacity in day care and community care services to meet future demand and align service care provision to national guidelines
The loan from Woking Borough Council has enabled the Hospices to act quickly on these recommendations which will help to transform End of Life Care in North West Surrey.
The financing will help to create a new Hospice and centre of excellence with a 20 bed in-patient facility to be located in Denton Way, Goldsworth Park, Woking leading to:
  • a cutting edge, state-of-the-art hospice for the North West Surrey community
  •  the re-location of beds from the Sam Beare unit to the new Hospice in Woking creating a focused centre of community care, day-care and counselling excellence in Weybridge
  • improved delivery and quality of in-patient care and accommodation
  • better prioritisation of patients with greatest needs
  • expansion of day-care support, short-term therapeutic interventions and carer support provision
  • cost and efficiency savings to be re-invested in further service improvements
Underpinning this work, the Hospices will work even more closely with all its valued donor partners – large and small who together make such a massive contribution to sustaining the on-going work of the Hospices in the community.
WSBH Chairman, David Perry said: “Our Hospices in Woking and Weybridge provide excellent care and we continue to develop and improve the quality of support we offer both in the hospices and, just as important beyond them into the community. This will continue seamlessly over the next three years while the new facility is commissioned. Our challenge is to ensure a sustainable Hospice Care provision, ready to adapt to changing demands on services and to provide the kind of care that people deserve. This loan from Woking Borough Council is great news and allows us to take the first steps to address these challenges and to further enhance our End of Life Care.”
Cllr John Kingsbury, Leader of Woking Borough Council, said: “The Council considers the hospices a vital part of our community and I am delighted we are able to assist them in securing a sustainable future in the best interests of current and future residents. At the same time as supporting the Hospice, we will underpin our own
financial strategy to enable us to protect Council services for local people.”
The Hospices will provide regular progress updates through the design and refurbishment phases of the project through to the opening of the facility which is anticipated during the second half of 2016.
To find out more about the project, public meetings have been arranged for Wednesday 4th December 2013, The Kemp Room, HG Wells Centre Woking at 7pm and on Thursday 5th December 2013 in Weybridge Hall at 6.30pm

Press Release - Hospice Receives BBC Children in Need Grant for the second time.
May 2013 News: Woking & Sam Beare Weybridge Hospices supported by BBC Children In Need
Woking and Sam Beare Hospices Children’s bereavement services have received in excess of £88,000 from BBC Children in Need to help expand its work in the local community over the next three years.

This is the second time the service, which helps youngsters come to terms with losing a loved one, has received funding from the BBC appeal.
“It’s very rare that anyone receives funding from Children in Need twice, so we’re absolutely delighted,” says Julie Cole, Children’s Services Manager at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices. “I think one of the main reasons we got it again was due to the very moving story about Lynne and her four children, which was featured on the BBC Children in Need program last year,” explains Julie.
The film highlighted the support given to one family which had accessed all areas of the hospice services and subsequently helped prepare the children for the loss of their mother.
The children were also shown attending special counselling sessions provided by the Hospices. This moving video (introduced by Robbie Williams) can be seen here.
The grant will help fund a Bereavement Coordinator for the Children’s services, as well as develop and expand the existing outreach program, which works with schools across Surrey. The program has grown significantly over the last few years, and is now a substantial part of the Hospice services.
“Many don’t realise that our care isn’t just about the elderly, but also the many young people within our community who are faced with losing a parent or close relative,” adds Julie.
Woking and Sam Beare Hospices are independent registered charities that provide Hospice care across Surrey. As well as providing in-patient care and day care units at both Hospices our community team and counseling services are vital in providing support over a much wider area including the boroughs of Woking, Spelthorne, Runnymede and Elmbridge.

Press Release - Day Care at Hospice to partially reopen

In October 2009 due to the economic downturn Sam Beare Hospice very reluctantly took the steps of suspending day care facilities at the Hospice. It was the only immediate way of safeguarding all other services while an Emergency Appeal was launched to help secure the future of Sam Beare Hospice.
They called on the generosity of those who have always kept them going: the community – and as ever people have responded in such a positive way and have done so many wonderful things – held coffee mornings, donated birthday money, put coins in collecting tins or thought of different ways to get sponsored.
Woking & Sam Beare HospicesDue to everyone’s inspiring efforts and generosity, they have nearly reached their incredibly ambitious £300,000 target for the first quarter of the Emergency Appeal.
The good news is that, for now, no other services are in immediate danger of being cut and due to this community support the Day Care Unit at the Hospice will reopen from Spring 2010, but only for one day a week.
Chris Flemington, Chief Executive said
“We are pleased that phase one of the Appeal has gone so well and that we can start to push on with the crucial second phase which will require even more effort. Until we have reinstated every day of our Day Care service and safeguarded our future, there remains an emergency. I am hopeful we shall succeed as so many people are now aware that they have a Hospice in the heart of the community of which they can be proud.”

Location Of Sam Beare Hospice

The Weybridge Community Hospital building is in the town centre with its main entrance on Church Street which is a continuation of Weybridge High Street. Street map

Parking For Sam Beare Hospice

The walk in centre has a pay and display car park (for centre users only).
When last checked, charges applied between 7am-7pm as follows;
1hr 60p, 2 hrs £1.20, 3 hours £3, 4 hours £4, up to 12 hrs £7.50 and the machine took 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p £1 and £2 coins.
There is also a large car park (Churchfield car park) behind the library, on the opposite side of Church Street.

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