St Giles Hospice opens additional beds to support more local people

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Patients from across Staffordshire are to receive increased access to specialist inpatient palliative care following the opening of additional beds at St Giles Hospice in Whittington.

St Giles Hospice, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, has been providing free palliative and end of life care to local people since 1983.

Andrew Harkness, Chief Executive at St Giles Hospice, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the NHS in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. They are demonstrating their commitment to ensuring local people have access to specialist palliative and end of life care services.

“The demand for high quality care for people living with a terminal illness is higher than ever.”

The hospice spends around £10million a year providing specialist services with 25% of this funded by the Government.

Katie Burbridge, Director of Clinical Services and Quality at St Giles Hospice said: “Throughout winter, we have continued to provide round the clock specialist care to patients in our community and on our Inpatient Unit.

“It is essential that we support our community and our NHS colleagues during this time and by opening these beds we are helping to relieve some of the pressure currently faced by our local hospitals.”

“I want to extend my gratitude to all our volunteers and staff who have made this possible. This is a great achievement and provides welcome additional support for patients and their loved ones, our local NHS partners and St Giles Hospice.”

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St Giles Hospice is a registered charity offering high-quality specialist care free of charge for people living with diseases which are terminal or incurable as well as providing support for their families and carers.

Patients come from across the hospice’s catchment area, which ranges from Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Atherstone in the east, to Cannock in the west – and from Burton and Uttoxeter in the north, to Sutton Coldfield and Coleshill in the south.

Care is offered at the hospice’s centres in Whittington and Sutton Coldfield and in patients’ own homes across the region.

St Giles spends over £10 million a year providing its specialist services and with little more than a third of this funded by the Government, the registered charity relies heavily on donations and income generation from the local community.

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