Wirral Hospice St John's provides Specialist Palliative Care and support for patients with severe and progressive disease, usually cancer, where curative treatment is no longer possible.
We work in conjunction with the Wirral Hospital and Community Specialist Palliative Care teams to provide an integrated service for patients whilst extending care and support to those close to them.
Patients are referred to Wirral Hospice St John's by their family Doctor or hospital Specialist.
The Hospice service is available to all, free of charge.
Our specialist team comprises Medical and Nursing staff, Social Workers, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist, Aromatherapist, Creative Therapist, Chaplains, Housekeeping/Maintenance staff and Volunteers all working together as a team to improve the quality of life of patients under their care.
Wirral Hospice Ambassadors
We are delighted to welcome a new Ambassador to Wirral Hospice St John’s, His Honour Judge John Roberts. We very much look forward to the support he is able to offer to the Hospice, particularly with our fundraising activities.
His Honour Judge John Roberts
His Honour Judge John Roberts is a native of Wirral having lived on the peninsula nearly all his life. He practised as a barrister on the Northern Circuit for 23 years with chambers in Liverpool.
In 1993 he became a circuit judge sitting initially in Manchester and Bolton. In January 2002 he returned to his native city sitting in Liverpool Crown Court.
He is due to retire from the bench in December 2012.
It gives the Chairman, Board, and all involved at Wirral Hospice, great pleasure to welcome three new Ambassadors to Wirral Hospice - Professor Jim Keaton MBE, Hugh Frost and Peter Johnson.
The role of Ambassador for Wirral Hospice will primarily be to work with us and support our Fundraising and Marketing Team.
Our Ambassadors will use their wide experience in business and commerce and take an active role in developing our fundraising
Peter Johnson is a successful local businessman, Founder of Park Group, but perhaps best known locally as the Chairman of Tranmere Rovers Football Club.
Park Group was founded in 1966 and grew into a highly successful business, obtaining a full listing on the London Stock Exchange in 1983. Its portfolio of businesses include market-leading brands such as Park Hampers and the High Street Gift Voucher.
Peter is also Chairman of the Trustees of The Johnson Foundation which supports charities dealing with health, education, youth and the alleviation of poverty in Merseyside and its environs.
Peter took on the role of Hospice Ambassador for Wirral Hospice in February 2011.
Hugh Frost is the founder and chairman of Beetham Organization, who from modest beginnings in the residential property market on Merseyside, was one of the pioneers of inner-city living and has gone on to develop some of the country's most iconic buildings in provincial cities including Manchester's Beetham Tower and the West Tower in Liverpool.
Despite the adverse affect of the banking crisis and property market decline, Hugh and his sons have an undampened ambition to build on their success focusing their attention on exciting developments in London.
Hugh took on the role of Hospice Ambassador for Wirral Hospice in February 2011.
Professor James Keaton MBE
Professor Keaton has enjoyed a long, varied and highly successful career. From his first position as a Research Chemist with Ciba-Geigy, Professor Keaton joined the Council of Liverpool University in 1998, since when he has been Vice President, Treasurer and now Pro-Chancellor, holding also the position of Chairman of the Management School Advisory Board, at the University.
Professor Keaton then joined ICI in 1963 holding various Board positions within the company including Directorship of ICI Organics Division, Chairman of ICI Dyestuffs Business, and as a Board Member for ICI in a number of countries around the world.
Currently Professor Keaton also holds the positions of Chairman of the National Trust NW Regional Board, Chairman of the Governors of Upton Hall Grammar School and Diocesan Trustee for Shrewsbury Roman Catholic Diocesan. He is also a Trustee for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and a Director of Professional Liverpool Limited.
Honorary distinctions include University of Manchester LLD (Hon), Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, Liveryman The Dyers Company London, Freeman of the City of London.
Professor Keaton took on the role of Hospice Ambassador for Wirral Hospice in February 2011.
The Board of Trustees
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Patients with difficult symptoms can be admitted to the 16 bedded in-patient unit for a period so that their symptoms can be brought under control. They may be admitted for short periods for assessment, rehabilitation and family support.
Some patients who come to the Hospice stay until the last days of their life. The team will care for them and those close to them with dignity and respect to ensure their comfort and wellbeing.
Day Therapy Service
Here, support is offered from the specialist team to enable people to continue to live at home whilst helping them to overcome any problems associated with their debilitating illness.
Patients also have the opportunity to enjoy companionship and new interests.
Patients may be referred for specialist medical care to the Out-patient clinic.
The Hospice will, through its education programme, share its skills and expertise with those involved and interested in palliative care.
Families are supported at this difficult time by professional members of the Patient and Family Support Team and their volunteers.
There are numerous opportunities to be a volunteer at the Hospice, from general duties, reception, gardening, maintenance to fundraising and administration. Please ask for more information.
The demands on our Hospice services continue to grow – this year the cost of providing care to all our patients and their loved ones will be over £3 million, the bulk of which we need to raise from local voluntary sources.
Your Views Matter
A new email address has been set up to invite ideas from the general public on improving the hospice's services. If you have such an idea, then please email this to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Ideas, Wirral Hospice St John's, Mount Road, Wirral, CH63 6JE.