Barnsley Hospice is a charity that provides specialist palliative care and support to hundreds of local people and their families each year. Our main priority is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients with a life limiting illness, whilst supporting their families, during the period of illness and bereavement. As a specialist care provider, the range of skills we offer include, pain and symptom management, emotional support and end of life care.
There are five key messages that we would like our supporters and the general public to remember:
- We are a charity - our care is free for patients but not free to provide
- We care for patients at home, in the community and at the hospice
- We care for patients with all life-limiting illnesses - not just cancer
- We care for patients in all areas of Barnsley
- We support patients' families and those close to them
It costs over £9,000 a day to run the hospice. We gratefully receive £1.6m from the NHS each year, but have to raise an additional £2m to stay open.
The hospice works closely with NHS palliative care providers at Barnsley Hospital and with our colleagues in the community.These include Macmillan nurses, district nurses, general practitioners and the hospital nursing and medical teams. In addition, the hospice links with physiotherapy and occupational therapy, dieticians and the Social Services Department. This guarantees a comprehensive service to patients and ensures that the care given between home, hospital and the hospice is as seamless as possible. Furthermore, the hospice provides an ‘out of hours’ telephone advice line, introduced to further support our hospital and community colleagues. The relationship between the healthcare providers and Barnsley Hospice is excellent, with the patient always at the forefront of the service.