St Wilfrid’s Hospice is a local charity providing skilled and compassionate care and treatment for all patients with complex needs as they near the end of life. Since 1982 we have cared for over 15,500 terminally-ill patients and continue to work within the local community to transform views on end of life care.
St Wilfrid’s Hospice is a local charity providing skilled and compassionate care and treatment for all patients with complex needs as they near the end of life. St Wilfrid’s Hospice was registered as a charity in 1982 by a group of active local supporters. Since then, we have cared for over 15,500 terminally-ill patients and continue to work within the local community to transform views on end of life care.
A hospice is not just a building; it is a way of caring for people. We aim to improve the lives of people whose illness is no longer curable by helping people to live as actively as possible after diagnosis to the end of their lives; however long that may be. We place the highest value on respect and choice. Our services are underpinned by a respect for human dignity and care. We not only take care of people’s physical needs but also focus on their emotional, spiritual and social well-being. In addition, we also support families and close friends, both during the illness and in bereavement.
The care we offer is free of charge regardless of patients’ circumstances. We care for patients over the age of 18 with any illness that is beyond the point of cure and who has been referred to us by a doctor or nurse. Nearly a third of all patients we care for are under 65 years of age. We have a loyal and dedicated staff of health care professionals to support our services:
•10 Inpatient beds •Hospice at Home service (7 days a week) •Respite Bed in Nursing Home, managed by Hospice at Home •Therapy led day services •Medical assessments •Complementary therapies (in patient, out patient and domiciliary) •Physiotherapy •Chaplaincy/spiritual care •Bereavement support •Counselling •Education centre
St Wilfrid’s Hospice has an ambitious vision of a community where people talk openly about dying, live well until they die and where nobody dies alone, afraid or in pain. To help us achieve this vision we launched Campaign Hospice Reach in 2012. The campaign aims to not only demonstrate how we will achieve this ambitious vision but also to encourage our community to support us – in whichever way they can.
We rely on the support of the local community as the NHS contributes just 15% of the £3.5 million annual running costs. For the remainder, we rely on the generosity of our supporters. Without the support of local people, companies and trusts we would not be able to provide the care needed for our local community.