CHARITY UPDATE: August 7th 2018

Since our update in July we have continued to liaise with both East & North Herts NHS Trust and Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Trust for clarification on their plans for the Hospice building.  As yet we have not received any update, and will continue to follow this up with them.

Early in February we began talks with East and North Herts NHS trust on the historic contribution of charitable funds to support the NHS payroll of Hospice staff.  The decision to end this arrangement for the inpatient staff was taken to protect the financial sustainability of the charity for 18/19 and onwards.  At that time we were predicting a deficit financial position for 17/18.  This was much improved by the receipt of several bequests which are an important, but unpredictable, source of income to the charity.  However, whilst carefully managing our finances and reserves, we had to recognise that financial arrangements made many years ago were no longer achievable.

We would want to reassure our supporters that this difficult financial decision to reduce the level of funding support to the Hospice NHS payroll will not be detrimental to patients.  The 10 palliative and end of life care beds currently being provided will be ongoing for the foreseeable future.  The charity will continue to fund patient amenities requested for those patients, and the NHS will fund the staff from the end of September.

The Board of Trustees is committed to the continued funding of all Day Centre staff and amenities at the present level whilst discussions on the future of the building and new models of care are being held.

Our 17/18 Annual Report and Accounts are being prepared by our Auditors, and will be available on our website after the Charity Board meeting in October.

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Every patient should experience a journey towards the end of their life that is peaceful, comfortable and free from worry and pain.

Michael Sobell Hospice provides care, comfort and support for local people facing life limiting illnesses.  The Hospice is a special place, where patients and families can spend precious time together, on the Mount Vernon Hospital site.

Our professional team offers medical, nursing and emotional care along with practical support for patients, their families and carers. Our aim is that every patient should experience a journey towards the end of their life that is peaceful, comfortable and free from worry and pain.

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Where the money goes

£5 pays for enhanced nutritional snacks on the patient snack trolley
£7 pays for one minute of hospice care
£20 pays for a complementary therapy session in the Day Centre
£100 pays for 3 months of essential oils for complementary therapies
£1000 pays for a week of specialist nursing care from a trained nurse for one patient
£2500 pays for one week’s basic stay in the In-Patient Unit