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

Facilities and Innovation

We want to make sure your visit to us as easy, comfortable and beneficial as possible – here are some of the Hospice facilities which help make that happen.

St Catherine’s Park

DSC_6274We are extremely proud of our beautiful grounds, which offer a range of different environments for our patients, visitors and volunteers to explore.

Our beautifully manicured lawns and gardens – including the lovely sensory garden with plants, flowers and features which appeals to sight, smell, sound, touch and taste – offer a tranquil setting in which to relax. Health benefits of the garden for patients include reducing anxiety, aiding better sleep and lowering blood pressure, while the area also provides an informal space where people can socialise, enjoy some contemplative time, or even have sessions with medical or social care staff.

DSC_0302The St Catherine’s Wetland and Woodland Reserve is the area beyond the River Lostock which is fast developing as a wildlife spot. The area is open to everyone to enjoy for gentle walks and quiet reflection.

It is already attracting a diverse range of wildlife including birds, butterflies and insects, and is also home to many wild flowers.

We are extremely grateful to all the volunteers who give their time to help maintain our gorgeous grounds. If you or your business would like to get involved with any of our outdoor projects please contact Nikki Dobson: or call 01772 629171.



Apprentice Alex CookOur professional kitchen was funded through a very special donation which created a space five times bigger than previously.

Menus for patients staying at the hospice are designed to reflect patients’ personal tastes and requirements, taking into account cultural preferences such as Halal meat, and consideration of medical conditions and prescriptions. The catering team also cooks lunch for patients attending our day therapy sessions each week day as well as conferences and events being hosted by external organisations at the hospice.

The large space and professional design have also allowed us to expand our commercial catering ventures – most notably through The Mill cafe nearby, but also by providing outside catering for other events such as festivals and carnivals; anniversaries and weddings.

For more information about using the St Catherine’s Hospice team for your event click here.



St Catherine’s on-site laundry ensures patients benefit from high standards of comfort, hygiene and personal dignity. It is designed to provide the best possible standards of infection prevention.

Not only has the laundry improved the facilities at St Catherine’s, it has also opened up a valuable revenue stream by offering staff a professional cleaning service for duvets and other large items for a small charge.

Car Parks

car parkThe car parks at St Catherine’s are there to make patient visits as easy and convenient as possible.

St Catherine’s benefits from two large car parks on either side of the main driveway and additional parking for staff on the west side of the building. All car parking facilities are provided free of charge.


Chapel_for_webOur multi-faith chapel is a place for quiet reflection, prayer or simply some ‘me time’. It hosts Catholic and Anglican services through the week, but is available for use by people of any religious or secular belief.

Wifi and Media TVs

Patients have access to free Wifi during their stay with us.

Our rooms also benefit from media televisions which have the capability to link to the internet and services such as Skype to help keeping in touch with loved ones easier.

A laptop which is shared amongst patients is also available on request.


Since we opened in 1985, the Hospice has grown in size offering more beds and improved services to help people with incurable conditions live as fully and independently as possible.

Some of the innovations we’re most proud of over that time include:

  • Introducing a training programme working with nursing home staff, passing on our specialist skills in a bid to reduce the number of unplanned hospital admissions
  • Setting up a befriending service to support carers and those living alone with serious illness
  • Launching a Homecare Service in partnership with a high quality domiciliary care company, Right at Home, to help people maintain their independence.
  • Setting up of a 24/7 professional advice line manned by our specialist nurses
  • Introducing the first paediatric lymphoedema service in the North West
  • Installing the latest electronic patient information system, which shares details between different organisations and healthcare professionals to ensure continuity of care
  • Introducing a piped oxygen system to the hospice in-patient and day therapy units to help those living with breathing difficulties
  • Winning funds to convert a disused barn and former cotton mill into The Mill – a café for use by everyone, which helps us reach out to people in a different, informal way. Click here to visit The Mill’s website to find out more.
  • Extending our lymphoedema clinic, The Woodside, into a Lymphoedema Intensive Therapy Experience (LITE) Suite boasting four clinical treatment rooms and dignity-enhancing wet room, as well as extended office space, a welcoming reception and pleasant courtyard.