Pledging together to promote Hospice care for Wirral

Published on: 31/10/2013

wirral_hospice_hcw_gorry_quinn - CopyWirral Clinical Commissioning Group and Wirral Hospice St John’s came together to make a joint Pledge as part of the national Hospice Care Week campaign.

Sarah Quinn, Commissioning Manager for Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, and Julie Gorry, Chief Executive for Wirral Hospice St John’s, made the pledge to tell at least five other people about how important and valuable Hospice services are.

They both agreed to spread the word on how the Hospice and its staff care for people who are affected by cancer and other life-limiting conditions at the time when they, their families and their loved ones most need it.

By signing the pledge, they joined more than 400 other local people at Wirral Hospice St John’s and online to educate at least 2,000 residents in the Wirral community about the work the local Hospice carries out.

Across the UK, more than 100 hospices took part in this year’s Hospice Care campaign and many supporters took the pledge to help to get this important message across.

 Sarah says, “supporting those living with cancer and other non-malignant conditions and caring for needs of those dying from these illnesses are amongst our main priorities. We want people living in Wirral to think about the difficult choices that need to be considered when facing life threatening illness and to help them be aware of the options available to them”.

She continued “We have taken the pledge to raise awareness about Hospice Care locally because we are committed to working with clinicians and health professionals to make sure that those in need of end of life, or palliative care as it is known, can have the choice to receive this at the local hospice, Wirral Hospice St John’s, or in the comfort of their own homes through their Hospice@Home initiative”.

Julie added  ”As the local provider of Hospice services for adults on Wirral, we want to make sure that people know about our quality services and if they are affected by life limiting illnesses, that we are here to help with end of life care for patients, families, carers and those who matter to patients.”

[Image – Wirral Hospice St John’s Chief Executive, Julie Gorry, right and Sarah Quinn, Commissioning Manager for Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group, left].