Chief Executive’s Message
A word from our Chief Executive – Helen Brown
Wirral Hospice St John’s has been delivering compassionate care and enabling support for people with complex life-limiting conditions for more than 37 years now.
We passionately believe that a life-limiting diagnosis should not limit, as far as is practically possible, a person’s quality of life.
The hospice offers a variety of specialist services across several settings, inpatients ward, outpatients’ clinic, Wellbeing Centre (day services) and Hospice at Home, as well as appropriate and compassionate family support services.
Our services are completely free of charge to everyone who uses them. This is due, in large part, to the continued generosity of the people of Wirral, individuals and organisations, who make a massive contribution through fundraising activities and events, donating money directly and/or giving hours of their precious time every year.
We’re also held in high esteem by our colleagues in the health professions. We work in collaboration with our colleagues in health; Wirral NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), our local GP practices, Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH), charities like Marie Curie and MacMillan and Wirral’s community nurses and matrons. Through such cooperation, the very best medical and clinical practise for people with life-limiting illnesses is discussed, shared and implemented, to hospice standards, in other settings where agreed and appropriate.
Now, with coronavirus having made its impact felt right across our community, we have had to adapt to restrictions within all of our services.
We’re continuing with the compassionate care for patients within our inpatients ward and through our Hospice at Home services. We’re keeping in touch with our Wellbeing Centre patients with mailers, phone calls and using electronic media. Outpatients clinics, observing all of the social distancing recommendations, are still going ahead where patients feel safe.
With hospice and other events being cancelled, and the closure, through various ‘lockdowns’ of our charity shops, there has been the knock-on effect of loss of income in those areas. However, as always, our Wirral community has really rallied round, supporting us in many innovative ways that really humbles all of us at the hospice.
Looking a little further forward, as the national vaccine roll out begins to take effect and people get closer to a more normal way of operating, we recognise that complex changes taking place in the health sector will bring challenges, particularly financial, to meet an anticipated increase in demand for our services. We’re very hopeful therefore, as we enter 2021, that the fiscal position we achieved through sound planning over recent years will still allow some prudent funding for further development so that our services further benefit our whole community.
Despite all of our recent coronavirus related challenges, we are building on the vision and commitment of our founding group which brought people right across our community together.
To all of those people, staff, volunteers and our wonderful supporters, individuals and organisations, then and now, we are so grateful to you and all those who will help us to meet the expectations of the future.
Helen Brown, Chief Executive
Wirral Hospice St John’s