Highlights of the Year 2017/18
Patients and their families remain at the heart of everything we do at St Gemma’s. We care for people from any background through a range of expert services delivered by a highly skilled and professional team.
But your Hospice is only here because of you. In 2017/18, 74% of funds to run St Gemma’s were raised by you, our brilliant community of supporters.
This is just a brief snapshot of some of the work your support achieved this year. We couldn’t list everything, but thank you to everyone who has contributed in any way.
The services provided by St Gemma’s Hospice are completely free of charge to patients, families and carers, but are not free to provide. The majority of the Hospice’s annual running costs must be raised from donations and fundraising initiatives. We simply would not be able to continue caring for people with life threatening illnesses without the valuable and on-going support of the community. We are extremely grateful to all those who make donations, take part in fundraising events, leave a gift in their Will or help the Hospice in any way to continue its caring work.
St Gemma’s is for people who have life threatening illnesses with difficult symptoms to be managed. Care is based on a simple idea – that the person is more than the illness. Each of us – sick or well – has unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. St Gemma’s tries to respond to these needs in ways which place the highest value on respect, choice and empowerment. Care is offered to patients and their carers in the Hospice’s 32 bed In-Patient Unit, through the St Gemma’s community team and via our Day Services, which includes a Day Hospice and OutPatient’s department. Care is provided by a range of specially trained staff: nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers, pharmacists, complementary therapists and others.
Our expert team works together to ensure the needs of patients and carers are met. We also work closely with other care providers in the city. Families and carers are supported by the Hospice’s specialist bereavement workers who provide support to all including children and young people. In the last year, St Gemma’s supported over 3,000 local people.
To find out more about St Gemma’s Hospice activities and achievements in 2017/18, please visit our key publications page.