St Leonard’s Hospice

St Leonard’s Hospice is an independent charity, providing specialist palliative care and support for local people with life limiting illnesses. We have an In-patient Unit, Sunflower Centre and Hospice@Home service. In this relaxed and friendly environment, every patient is recognised and treated as an individual. With our support patients are able to enjoy the best possible quality of life. Our care also extends to support families and carers.

In addition to a team of highly experienced doctors and nurses, we have specialists in a wide range of roles including complementary therapy, lymphoedema care, physiotherapy, social work, bereavement, occupational therapy and spiritual care.

Our care is free of charge to patients and their families but not free to provide. As a charity we rely heavily on the generosity of the public to raise just over £5.8 million each year to run St Leonard's Hospice. This equates to £663 for every hour of every day. Although St Leonard’s does get some public funding the majority of the running costs have to be raised from donations and fundraising by the local community - businesses, groups and individuals. Legacies are by far our greatest source of income.

Hospices provide palliative care 

Palliative care is the holistic and total care of someone who is approaching the end of life. It aims to maintain and improve the quality of their life, and offers support during the course of the illness and following the death of the patient for their family and friends.

A hospice is not just a building; it is a way of caring for people. Hospices have been leading providers of palliative care for many years and have developed a specialist knowledge which is accessible to patients, their families, professionals and other carers. They work closely with colleagues in other settings such as primary care, care homes and hospitals to identify people who could benefit from their care and to plan and provide it accordingly. 

Our Mission

Is to provide excellent care and support to those living with life-limiting illness and to the people they care about, to enrich their lives and to contribute to the ongoing development of end-of-life care.

Our Values & Behaviours

Are Values are: Excellence, Integrity and Respect. Behaving with 6 C's of Nursing: Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage and Commitment.

Meet the Team  

The day-to-day running of the Hospice is overseen by the Chief Executive and the Senior Management Team.

The Hospice is governed by a Board of Trustees under the leadership of the chair, Mr David Dickson. The trustees are all volunteers coming from a range of backgrounds. The Board meets on a quarterly basis, with various sub-committees which meet to oversee various aspects of Hospice management, including Governance, Service Development, Finance and Investments, Membership, Human Resources, Education, Strategy and Fundraising, Retail and Communications. 

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Please read about our 35 year history here

You can find our Accounts for the year ending 31st March 2020 here

We have been awarded 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission - please read the report here!