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About Marie Curie Cancer Care

Making a real difference

Marie Curie Cancer Care is a long-established and well-respected charity committed to making a real difference to the lives of people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses. Our work centres on the following key activities:


The charity funds nine hospices across the UK offering specialist care in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The expertise of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s specialist staff reaches beyond the hospice into the community linking with GPs and social services departments. Hospice day service programmes and home visits mean that people can remain at home for as long as possible if they wish.

The Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead is the only hospice that Marie Curie operates in London and sees patients from the following six PCT areas:

  • Barnet
  • Brent
  • Camden
  • Enfield
  • Harringey
  • Islington

The hospice works very closely with the community teams within these six PCT areas.

Marie Curie Nursing Service

Marie Curie Nurses make it possible for people who are seriously ill with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses to stay in the comfort of their own home at the end of their lives rather than go into hospital or a hospice.

Our nurses generally work through the night allowing families and carers to rest, knowing their loved ones are in safe hands.

Marie Curie Nursing Service has over 2000 nurses covering 95 per cent of the UK from remote villages to the big cities.

This service is free to patients irrespective of their circumstances.


We conduct palliative care research to find better ways of caring for terminally ill people. We also fund scientific teams investigating the causes and treatment of cancer.

Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead

Set in a quiet corner of Hampstead, this purpose-built Marie Curie hospice offers a modern approach to care with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We offer specialist palliative care for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses and support for families, completely free. Our in-patient unit has 34 beds, we have a fully-equipped day service department and provide support to both patients and their carers / families.

Statement of purpose

  • We aim to promote the best quality of life and death according to the wishes of the individual person
  • We aim to meet the overall needs of the individual person
  • Our services include physical, emotional and spiritual care for patients together with support for the people who are close to them
  • We aim to meet the needs of people from all cultures and communities
  • Each hospice employs a team of health and social care professionals, including medical and nursing staff; specially trained in pain and symptom control; occupational therapists, chaplains, physiotherapists and social workers.

In Patient Wards

At Hampstead we have two In Patient wards, with a total of 34 beds. Of these, 26 are in individual rooms, many with en suite facilities and there are two 4 bedded wards. The In Patient wards were refurbished in 2009, so are modern, with TVs, fridges and improved comfort.

In addition there are comfortable family lounges and accommodation for relatives to stay overnight if they wish.

Our Inpatients can use our facilities (as appropriate to their individual needs) which include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapies, café and gym. Support in the In Patient wards can include the following:

  • physiotherapy, specialist medical or nursing care
  • complementary therapies
  • emotional support including counseling and family therapy
  • access to our fully-equipped gym to help gently exercise
  • hydrotherapy – exercise in our pool
  • art therapy to help relax or express feelings
  • practical help, including financial advice
  • spiritual support

We also provide bereavement counseling for families and carers and for staff, clinical supervision.

We operate a Multi disciplinary team approach to care on the wards, with a weekly meeting to discuss patients and their care. The wards are each managed by a Ward Manager, with two Ward Sisters and a team of Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants. As our nursing care is 24 hours per day the rota pattern reflects night, day and weekend shifts. In addition the nursing teams work across the two Inpatient wards and also help to cover the Day Therapy Unit. There is always an out of hours on call doctor and manager to support the team.

The team of allied health professionals and the patient and family support team input into the operation on the Inpatient wards.

The hospice encourages staff and team development and operates a weekly ‘in service’ training programme, provides on line training facilities and set time for team training days.

Day Therapy Unit

The Day Therapy Ward (DTU) is located on the top floor at the hospice and welcomes adults of all ages to our modern fully-equipped hospice day service and Out patient department.

The approach in DTU is of a rehabilitative nature, using a model of care focussed on therapeutic intervention by a team of professionals. In contrast to the social model of day care in many other hospices, this model of care provides one stop access to meet the patients supportive and palliative care needs. By making more effective use of resources and utilising the expertise of each member of the professional team a wider number of issues can be addressed and more patients can access the service.

Care is focused on both the patients physical symptoms and helping to regain control and improve their overall quality of life.

Patients will be initially assessed by a doctor or clinical nurse specialist to discuss the most appropriate care and will agree your individual plan of care with each patient, suggesting services or therapies that will be of help.

This may include:

  • physiotherapy, specialist medical or nursing care
  • complementary therapies (voluntary service)
  • emotional support including counseling and family therapy
  • access to our fully-equipped gym to help gently exercise
  • hydrotherapy – exercise in our pool
  • art therapy to help relax or express feelings
  • practical help, including financial advice
  • spiritual support

We offer most services on an appointment basis giving patients the flexibility to book sessions to suit. There is a patient lounge on the ward and also a large café on the ground floor that patients and families / carers can use.

The team comprises Doctors, CNS’s, registered nurses, plus allied health professionals and the patient and family support teams who work across all areas of the hospice.

Patient and Family Support team

The Patient and Family Support Team provides support in many different ways within the In Patient and Day Therapy Unit for patients, families, carers and close friends. The team is managed by a Principle Social Worker (currently being recruited to), who also has responsibility for caseloads. The team comprises the following roles:

Social Work

  • Advocacy on a range of social issues including: access to care, benefits and financial problems, legal issues including wills, funeral arrangements, housing and immigration
  • Liaison with services in the community in order to facilitate discharge from the Hospice
  • Emotional support to patients, carers, friends and family members. This may include time limited bereavement support

Counselling for Adults (Patients and Relatives)

  • Sessions, of varying lengths, as appropriate, to talk through fears and anxieties
  • Individual, couple and family counselling
  • Counselling for depression, anxiety, and adapting to living with illness, surviving illness, and to dying
  • Various therapeutic models are offered

Counselling for Children, Young People and Families

  • Support, advice and counselling for parents and children for families with a seriously ill relative
  • Facilitation of communication between family members
  • Helping parents to talk with their children about difficult topics
  • Bereavement support for children and young people, using art, play and sand tray therapy

Art Therapy

  • A creative means of self-expression, emotional support and an alternative to counselling
  • Does not require art skills or previous art experience.
  • Available in a group setting
  • For couples, families and individuals
  • Available to carers and those recently bereaved

Spiritual & Religious Care

  • Compassionate listening and sharing of concerns, thoughts and questions about the ‘bigger questions’ of life
  • Joining in the search for inner peace and strength
  • Contacting religious leaders from faith communities and helping meet specific faith or spiritual needs
  • Upon request, bringing sacred texts, holy writings and spiritual literature from a range of faith tradition and offering prayer
  • Quiet Room on the Ground Floor for reflection, meditation or prayer

Bereavement Support

  • Information and advice about the experience of bereavement and how to access support either within the Hospice or externally
  • Counseling post bereavement, led by a paid staff member, with assistance from a team of voluntary counselors