Independent or Voluntary Hospices are registered charities financed mainly by charitable income not the NHS or government. In addition to inpatient care most hospices provide home care, day services and bereavement support.
At Saint Michael’s Hospice in North Yorkshire they believe ‘everyone in Harrogate, Ripon, Knaresborough, Wetherby, Pateley Bridge and the surrounding areas should be offered the choice of quality end of life care, regardless of the illness they are living with or the place from which they are receiving care.’ There is an in-patient and many other services that can be accessed through a GP referral. To help with fund raising they have 8 charity shops in Ripon, Harrogate, Otley and Knaresborough. Volunteers are always welcome to help with a range of activities.
There are many other hospices in Yorkshire that could benefit from your help or financial contribution towards support for the terminally ill. A list of just some Hospices includes:-
Wakefield Hospice– 01924 213900
Martin House Childrens Hospice – www.martinhouse.org.uk – 01937 845045 –
The Prince Of Wales Hospice– 01977 708868 – Pontefract01977 650077
St Leonards Hospice 01904 708553
Kirkwood Hospice – www.kirkwoodhospice.co.uk – 01484 557900
Barnsley Hospice – www.barnsleyhospice.org.uk – 01226 244244
Overgate Hospice – www.overgatehospice.org.uk – 01422 366056
Herriot Hospice Homecare 01609 777413
Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice Middlesbrough – 01642 457985
Sue Ryder Care Bradford 01535 642308
St Catherines Hospice Scarborough
Dove House Hospice Hull, – 01482 854009
St Gemma’s Leeds 0113 218 5500
‘The Hospice movement is one of the UK’s great success stories. From just one voluntary Hospice established in 1967 the Hospice movement has made rapid advances, both within the UK and around the world, changing forever the way people are treated when faced with a life-limiting illness.’
‘In the 1950s Cicely Saunders began to develop the techniques of pain control which she had first observed when a volunteer at Saint Luke’s Hospital. It is little known that Dame Cicely is qualified in three different professions; she first became a registered nurse; then a certified social worker, and finally, she became a qualified doctor when she recognised it was the only way she would be able to realise her ambition to help those in pain in the way she wished…..The philosophy of hospice care, with its special approach to helping with the problems faced by the patients and their families, was not always easily understood by people who had not experienced it. It was not easy to explain, and even harder to gain the co-operation of doctors and nurses in countries where the concept was unknown. ‘from Farleigh Hospice a brief History.
Independent or Voluntary Hospices – these units are registered charities financed mainly by charitable income. They have firm links in policy and practice with the National Health Service but receive only partial funding from PCTs. In addition to inpatient care most hospices provide home care, day services and bereavement support. Some buildings are purpose built, while others may have been established in a converted building. Units range in size from 2 to 63 beds.
Marie Curie Centres are administered by the national charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care. In addition to 11 homes there are 6000 part-time Marie Curie Nurses who nurse patients in their own homes.
Sue Ryder Homes administered by the national charity, the Sue Ryder Foundation, provide palliative care for patients with cancer in all of their homes, and several have visiting nurses who attend patients in their own homes, both before admission and after returning home.
Macmillan Cancer Care Units. Macmillan Cancer Relief has funded and built many inpatient and day patient units, mostly on hospital sites and now being funded and operated by the National Health Service. Macmillan has also funded, or part funded, several units operated by the voluntary sector.
Palliative Care Wards/Units in NHS Hospitals. Some hospitals have designated units or wards where patients benefit from the principles and practice of hospice care. Some Care Homes practice the principles of Hospice care.