Hospice care seeks to improve the quality of life and wellbeing of people with a life-shortening condition.
At St Catherine’s Hospice we understand that a one-size-fits-all approach to patient care doesn’t work. Our patients are individuals and we always ensure we work with them to plan their care around their individual medical needs, personal preferences and unique circumstances.
At St Catherine’s Hospice we understand that the challenges which come with the diagnosis of a life-shortening illness can feel daunting and insurmountable, because not only are there medical issues to deal with, there are also social and practical concerns to overcome.
The Family Support Team, made up of three qualified social workers, is here to work together with patients and families so that social adjustments can be made and in turn the best quality of life achieved.
St Catherine’s Hospice is a local charity founded and built by the community, for the community.
We receive only around a third of our annual £5.2m running costs from the NHS, meaning we rely on our wonderful supporters to raise an incredible £3.5m each and every year.
We generate this amazing total in all manner of different ways – from glamorous dinner dances to gruelling marathon runs people organise on our behalf; our own popular events such as the Moonlight and Memories Walk and Yellow Day garden fete; one-off and regular donations; gifts in wills and through generous support from local schools, businesses and organisations. Thank you for your amazing support!
St Catherine’s Hospice runs 15 shops across the three boroughs of Chorley, Preston and South Ribble, including the gift shops on-site at the hospice and The Mill. We also operate a Donation Centre at the hospice where people can drop-off items for distribution across the area.
These generate vital income to help raise the £5.2m we need each year to be able to deliver our specialised care for local people.
Not only that, they also provide a valuable presence for the charity within the communities we serve – raising awareness of St Catherine’s amongst the local people who live there.
Playing the St Catherine’s Hospice Lottery is a way to win, and a way to care.
You could scoop the jackpot of £2,000 just by paying £1 a week to play – along with a host of other cash prizes, including a third prize rollover of £150 which can reach up to £5,100!
The most important thing about our lottery is that it raises vital funds to support the specialised care of St Catherine’s. It’s one of our most important streams of income because it allows us to plan and budget for the future – something which is often very hard in the unpredictable world of fundraising.
St Catherine’s Hospice is a specialist provider of high quality training and education in End of Life and Palliative Care. We provide regular updates for our own staff, other health care professionals, carers, patients and the general public.
We work with a wide range of providers, other Hospices and the education sector to raise the quality and awareness of End of Life Care wherever we can.
We also benefit from three rooms available to hire for events, as well as a further room at The Mill, which raise vital funds and allow organisations to ‘conference with a conscience’.
St Catherine’s Park – home to St Catherine’s Hospice and The Mill – is in Lostock Hall, in the Borough of South Ribble. It is four miles from the centre of Preston; five miles from Chorley; and three miles from Leyland.
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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
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.
St Catherine’s has teamed up with a high quality domiciliary care provider, Right at Home, to offer a homecare service to help people maintain their independence and stay at home for as long as they would wish for. It is a ‘paid for’ service but people may claim their statutory entitlement as appropriate.