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 18 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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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
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.
The 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.
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.