Philosophy of Care
The aim of Wirral Hospice St John's is to warmly welcome people with progressive illness, which has failed to respond to curative treatment, into the quiet calm of a highly professional caring atmosphere, which comforts always both them and those who are important to them.
Wirral Hospice backs new Marie Curie report
A new Marie Curie report reveals inequalities across the country for people needing to access non-cancer palliative care services. Wirral Hospice St John’s supports the findings of this report and understands how difficult it can be for patients with conditions other than cancer to access the right care for them. There can be a lot of confusion about what hospice care is for, because there is an assumption that it is solely for people with cancer requiring care at the very end of their lives. Dr Catherine Hayle, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Wirral Hospice, specialises in non-cancer conditions. You can listen to Dr Hayle (scroll to 1hr 6mins) explain why access to good quality care is essential when she was interviewed by BBC Radio Merseyside – you can also read our Wirral Hospice blog post on the topic.
Make A Will Month
April 2015 is Wirral Hospice St John's Make A Will Month. Participating solicitors across Wirral will be writing wills at their own expense, in exchange for a reasonable donation to the Hospice. Last year the scheme raised more than £15,000 in donations for our special care and support of our patients, their carers and families. A list of solicitors supporting the Hospice this year can be found here.
Airbus employees pledge their support to local Hospices
Partnership with Hospice UK officially begins
Airbus has launched a two-year fundraising and volunteering partnership with Hospice UK to raise funds to help people who need hospice care.
Hospice UK was selected as Airbus in the UK’s new charity partner for the next two years following a vote open to around 10,000 staff at the two Airbus sites in Broughton and Filton. It is the national charity for hospice care, championing and supporting the work of more than 200 hospices across the country through campaign and policy work, grants programmes and fundraising.
Money raised will help Hospice UK continue their vital work as well as directly benefiting seven hospices situated near the Airbus UK facilities. At the launch event the local hospices met with Airbus staff to explain what they do and where their money will be spent.
A variety of fundraising events will take place during the partnership, As well as fundraising, people working at Airbus will be offering their services as volunteers and sharing their useful professional skills to support the work at the individual Hospices.
Charity Campaign Manager for Airbus in the UK, Phil McGraa said “Here at Airbus our UK employees have raised more than £5.7 million over the last decade for our partner charities and I know that they are ready to help with the Hospice UK partnership.
“It’s a great thing to see our staff giving up their time to arrange fundraising events and volunteering projects, but they get a lot back too from seeing first-hand the work the charities do.”
Peter Hornby, Director of Fundraising at Hospice UK said “Hospices make every moment count for patients and their families. Hospice care can be anything from pain relief and caring for someone in their own home, to arranging for a patient’s favourite pet to visit them in the hospice. Everyone at Hospice UK is delighted to be working with Airbus in the UK and we want to thank everyone for their fantastic support.”
Every year over 360,000 adults, children, babies and their families are cared for by their local hospice. This includes people living with terminal or life-limiting conditions such as cancer, heart and lung disease, motor neurone disease and dementia. Hospice care is provided free to patients, and can be provided at home, in the hospice and in the local community for days, weeks or even months.
Wirral End of Life Care Charter Launching
The Wirral End of Life Care Charter launches to the public on 20th May, during Dying Matters week.
This 12 point Charter, in which ‘Wirral Health and Social Care providers promise care, kindness and understanding for people at the end of life’, is an indicator to help patients and their families understand the end of life care that is available.
It seeks to show that help is available for people with life-limiting conditions to have the best quality of life possible, for as long as possible, and that their wishes lie at the heart of their end of life care.
Care providers on Wirral have united, not only in creating the Charter and pledging to deliver its promises, but also to spread the word, so everyone at the end of life understands that they can receive practical, emotional and spiritual support for however long they need it.
“It is an obvious time to launch the Wirral Charter during Dying Matters week,” said Julie Gorry, CEO of Wirral Hospice St John’s. “This is a time when we encourage everyone to consider what they would wish to happen at the end of their lives, and how they can ensure that these wishes are implemented.”
The Charter is supported by Wirral End of Life and Palliative Care Partnership Group, and Cheshire and Merseyside Palliative and End of Life Care Clinical Network Steering Group.
Strategic Plan & Operating Plan
We are delighted to share Wirral Hospice St John’s Strategic Plan with our supporters. The Strategy outlines our key aims and objectives for the next four years and was distributed at the Hospice’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Mon 24 Nov 2014. In essence, we are striving to maintain and, where possible, improve our high standards of care.
A particular focus for us is to expand our support for the families and carers of our patients. Our Hospice’s team of health and social care professionals are all important and their ongoing training and development is crucial in delivering our specialist care. The Hospice also endeavours to help our army of volunteers feel valued and supported. Our charity could not function without the generosity of the Wirral community through donations and fundraising activities. The operations and finance teams ensure that every penny counts in ensuring the best standards of care.
You can download two versions of our Strategic Plan: Strategy at a Glance or the fuller, more detailed Strategy 2015-2019. We hope that these will help you to see how Wirral Hospice St John’s plans to develop over the next five years.
Our latest Operating Plan 2015/16 is also available to download.
Our Hospice Family
Our Hospice Family is the name a series of 30 second films to be screened in The Light Cinema, New Brighton. The short clips aim to show people the breadth of the work carried out at Wirral Hospice St John’s.
The clips are extracts from a slightly longer patient and carer film made for us earlier in the year courtesy of Insight Moving Images. The clips will be running before each feature film for a year starting on Fri 5 Dec 2014. They illustrate the fact that Hospice care reaches out to the families and carers of patients, as well as the patients themselves: it is an accessible, friendly place. They also underline the fact that Wirral Hospice St John's could not offer the services it does, in the way that it does, without the support of its army of volunteers, and the generosity of Wirral community.
Julie Gorry, Chief Executive says: "Most of all, we wish to thank our supporters and the people of Wirral for taking our Hospice to their hearts."