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.

Judi Ebbrell, Head of Clinical Services achieves Masters degree

Wirral Hospice is very proud to announce that Judi Ebbrell has passed her dissertation in the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson MSC in Healthcare Leadership programme.
Read Wirral Hospice’s blog post by Judi Ebbrell


Hospice Care Week

Hospice Care Week is an annual week of activity to raise the profile of hospice care across the UK. Each year we hold a week of celebration and action, which helps to change people’s perceptions of hospice care.

Hospice Care Week 2015

The dates for Hospice Care Week 2015 are:
Monday 5 October to Sunday 11 October 2015.
The week is timed to coincide with World Hospice and Palliative Care Day (10 October 2015).

The theme for Hospice Care Week 2015 is Connecting Care. We will focus on the special role hospices play in connecting with individuals and families, connecting with local communities and connecting people with each other.
We want to raise public awareness about the innovative ways in which hospices are connecting with local communities, and connecting people with each other, including through their community engagement work. We also want to highlight examples of particularly compassionate and personalized care that enables people to connect.

Read Wirral Hospice’s blog post on Hospice Care Week from our Chief Executive, Julie Gorry.


New report praises quality and availability of UK's End of Life care

A study of 80 countries carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit said thanks to the NHS and hospice movement the care provided was second to none.
Read the BBC article.

Wirral Hospice’s Medical Director, Dr Cathy Lewis-Jones, talked to BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme about the subject on Tue 6 Oct - listen to the Radio 4 podcast.

Light Up A Life 2015

Christmas may seem like a long way off but we know how much Wirral Hospice St John's Light Up A Life Appeal means to so many families across Wirral, to see those lights shining brightly throughout December in remembrance and celebration of those we hold dear in our hearts.

If you would like to sponsor a light please fill in the online Light Up A Life form. Alternatively, you can call the Fundraising office on 0151 343 0778 (Mon to Fri, 9am-5pm). All donations will receive a Light Up A Life card displaying your loved one's name and short message.

Wirral Leads The Way
End of Life Care Charter Launched

The new Wirral End of Life Care Charter, setting out twelve expectations that Wirral people may expect to receive when they need End of Life care.
The Charter officially launched to health and social care providers and professionals on Wed 20 May 2015.

“Care, kindness and understanding underpin the Charter,” said Julie Gorry, our Hospice’s Chief Executive. “With its development, we believe that, in Wirral, our residents can be reassured that they will receive the best quality care when they should come to need it.”

"Healthwatch Wirral is pleased to support the Wirral End of Life Charter. End of Life care and dignity in care are issues that are often identified by members of the public as being important to them, and the approach being put forward in the Wirral End of Life Charter is a welcome recognition of this importance." Healthwatch (Wirral) May 2015

from the Wirral End of Life Care Charter launch.

Access the Find Me Help website.

You can read more about the Wirral End of Life Care Charter on the ehospice website

For further information, contact Suzanne at

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.

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."


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