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 39 years now (the hospice celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2023!)
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’re still adapting to ensure we maintain safe practice 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. Our Wellbeing Centre patients are being welcomed back in smaller groups, slowly but surely, while mailers, phone calls and electronic media also enable us to stay in touch. Outpatients clinics, observing all of the social distancing recommendations, are still going ahead where patients feel safe.
With hospice and other events slowly being reintroduced, and the re-opening after various ‘lockdowns’ of our charity shops, we’re now looking forward positively once more to growing our revenues to enhance our services. Our Wirral community really rallied round in the harder times, supporting us in many innovative ways for which we will be ever grateful.
Looking a little further forward, as 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, through 2022, 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 will 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