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.

Sainsbury's Upton chooses our Hospice for a second year

We are very excited to say that Sainsbury’s Upton has announced that Wirral Hospice St John's will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support for a second year.

The announcement comes after local residents had the opportunity to nominate their favourite local charity to receive a year’s worth of support from the team at Sainsbury’s Upton. Last year, the store supported the Hospice to raise a record £12,086 to help us continue to provide its vital services. 

The Local Charity scheme continues to grow, with over £6 million raised for local charities nationwide since it launched in 2009.

Sainsbury’s Ian Massey, deputy Store Manager said: “We’ve had a great response from our customers this year, both through in-store and online votes. We’re delighted to have chosen a charity which touched many of our colleagues’ hearts. We will now be working closely with the charity to ensure they really benefit from being our Local Charity for the next 12 months”.

Hayley Gough from Wirral Hospice St John's said: "The support of Sainsbury’s Upton has been an enormous boost to our Fundraising this year. We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen again for a second year. We are so very grateful to the Customers and Staff for their fantastic support and we look forward to another year of working together as partners."

Liverpool Care Pathway Response

26 June 2014


“The Hospice continues to be committed to providing excellent care for all whom we serve”.

This reassurance from the Hospice’s Medical Director, Dr Cathy Lewis Jones, comes as recommendations from Baroness Julia Neuberger and the Leadership Alliance responses concerning the use of the Liverpool Care Pathway are published.

“I hope that the current attention that end of life care is receiving will provide the opportunity for hospices to work more closely with hospitals and other organisations to raise standards in end of life care in order to meet the expectations of all those we serve.”

“It is well recognised that hospices provide good care for people at the end of their lives” said Dr Lewis Jones. “Our aim is to enable people to live their lives as fully as possible, and to receive the care they need in whatever place they choose, be it their homes, care homes, hospital or through Hospice services.”

"Conversations with patients and families to understand their wishes and preferences about their future care can be difficult – I understand this requires sensitive and thoughtful communication and it is our responsibility as Doctors and Nurses to utilise our knowledge and skills to support patients in making decisions about their future care, so together we can always act in the best interests of patients."

“All health and social care professionals need to undergo continued training in order to provide the best care for our patients and their families wherever they are. Wirral Hospice St Johns sees this as one of our key responsibilities to support education and training in Palliative and End of Life Care.”

Latest News From Wirral Hospice St John's

Dr Catherine Hayle, Wirral Hospice St John's Consultant in Palliative Medicine

Dr Catherine Hayle about the broadening range of illnesses we provide care for at Wirral Hospice.

When Dame Cicely Saunders founded the Hospice movement in 1967, she was primarily concerned with cancer patients. In recent years thinking has moved on, and now Hospice services are opening up to patients based on their needs, not just their diagnoses. In other words, people with illnesses other than cancer who are in need of palliative care can now access Hospice care.

This is an aspect of Hospice care that we are  embracing and it’s a key focus to develop our work in this area. When  Catherine  joined the organisation as a locum Consultant in Palliative Medicine, her role was to develop the Hospice services specifically in relation to caring for the needs of patients with non-malignant conditions, including, for example, chronic heart, kidney and lung disease.

Much of Catherine’s time has been taken up with putting the word out to the GPs, the hospital teams, and meeting with older people in Wirral, to let them know that the Hospice care is available to all patients who need it.

“In just a year we have seen a threefold increase in non-cancer referrals. Improvements in treatment have been so great that now two out of three cancer patients live for more than five years after diagnosis. Cancer, although very serious, can now be considered to be a chronic illness, in the way that respiratory disease and heart failure are.”

At the same time as expanding the Hospice services, Wirral Hospice St John’s has been renovating and refurbishing the oldest remaining part of the main Hospice, which now the actual building work is complete is currently being equipped and furnished. Catherine is enthusiastic about the benefits that the Hospice’s new facilities will bring.

“This is a really exciting time for the Hospice. The new extension will enable us to promote integration of care by working closely with external health and social professionals to share information and skills. It will enable us to make carer and family support more accessible.
And, most importantly, the new information centre on site will help to empower patients who are interested in self-management to understand and be fully involved in their own care.

At a more fundamental level, facilities such as piped oxygen in the Day Therapy rooms will enable people with illnesses such as pulmonary fibrosis to feel confident about attending sessions at the Hospice. A number of other conditions will benefit greatly from the piped oxygen too.”

By taking a holistic view, the Hospice aims to help all patients with serious long-term conditions that can’t be cured live the best possible life as comfortably as they can.

“The Hospice has been able to continue to develop its care because of the Wirral community. Thank you for supporting our Families Matter Appeal!”

Read our blog post from Dr Fawad Ahmad on our work in the community.

Read our blog post from Viki Whaley, Wirral Hospice St John’s Clinical Manager, on our Hospice at Home service.

Read our blog post from Jill Littlewood, Wirral Hospice’s Ward Manager, on patient care and how the new build will enhance our ‘Hospice without walls’ vision

Read our blog post from Elaine Pugh, Wirral Hospice’s Outpatient Services Manager, on how our patient care and support will be enhanced by the new build.

Read our blog post from Julie Gorry, the Hospice’s Chief Executive, on how Hospice care has evolved and how the building work, currently underway, will enhance our care and support for patients, their carers and families.

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