Patrons: Bill Beaumont, Mark Lawrenson & Tisha Merry Reg Charity No: 512186

About Us

St Catherine’s Hospice is a local charity which is here to help people in our community affected by serious illness enjoy quality of life and have dignity in death.

Who Do We Care For?

St Catherine’s Hospice is the only adult hospice serving the communities of Chorley, Longridge, Preston and South Ribble. We look after patients at home, in the community and at the hospice through a broad range of services.

Whilst many of our patients have cancer, we care for people with all kinds of life-shortening illnesses, including heart failure, motor neurone disease and Parkinson’s disease.

Although many people have contact with us near to the end of their lives, we also provide treatment, care and support to patients and families over an extended period. Around 50 per cent of people who are admitted to our in-patient unit return home again once their condition is better managed.

Where Do We Provide Our Care?

All St Catherine’s services are ‘community services’ which help people to live at home and to have their friends and family around them.

Community Services in the Hospice

about-us-where-do-we-provide-our-care-inpatient-unitIn-Patient Unit

We have 19 beds available on the in-patient unit at the hospice. This is where we provide our most intensive treatment and support for those who need specialist intervention to help with things like symptom and pain management. It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our in-patient unit nurses also help to operate a 24 hour advice line which other health and social care professionals can use to access specialist knowledge and advice relating to palliative and end of life care.


Community Services in the Woodside Clinic

Lymphoedema Service

about-us-where-do-we-provide-our-care-lymphoedemaThis is our out-patient clinic for people with lymphoedema. We treat people living with both cancer and non-cancer related lymphoedema, and also operate a dedicated children’s service – one of only a handful in the country.


Community Services in The Mill

The Mill café and information centre provides a welcoming informal environment which patients and families can visit whenever they wish, 7 days a week. The Mill is open to the public partly so that it feels ‘normal’, and partly so that people who want to come back to ‘reflect and remember’ feel welcome to do so. We encourage all who are part of St Catherine’s whether they be patients, volunteers, staff, supporters or passers-by to come to The Mill.


Community Services at Home

Clinical Nurse Specialists

about-us-where-do-we-provide-our-care-clinical-nurse-specialistsOur Clinical Nurse Specialists visit people in the community, providing expert assessment and support treatment in community based clinics or in the patient’s home. They also help to operate a 24 hour advice line which other health and social care professionals can use to access specialist knowledge and advice relating to palliative and end of life care.


St Catherine’s Befriending Service

Coordinated by our Family Support Team of social workers, this service operates with trained volunteers helping carers and patients through companionship and practical support

Who Provides Our Care?

about-us-who-provides-our-careOur team is made up all different kinds of professionals as we work to meet the needs of the whole person and those important to them. Our care goes much further than just treating a medical conditions and also includes helping with their emotional, psychological, spiritual and social needs. This all-rounded approach is often called ‘palliative care’.

Our specialised care and support is delivered by:

In reality, all roles at the hospice play their part in looking after the people we seek to serve – from a friendly smile at reception or over the counter at a charity shop, to a listening ear from one of our housekeepers or fundraisers who you may come into contact with during your dealings with St Catherine’s.

How Is It Funded?

about-us-how-is-it-fundedIt costs around £5.2m to run the hospice each year. We receive around £1.7m from the NHS, meaning we rely on charitable support to raise a huge £3.5m each year.

As a much-loved local charity serving Chorley, Preston and South Ribble, we could not survive without the support of the local community who help us raise this money each year, and give their time freely volunteering in many varied roles.

Download this year’s Annual Review here.

Click here to see our latest CQC inspection report.