PROTECTING HOSPICE CARE IN OUR COMMUNITY

We have campaigned and spoken out for more than 40 years on behalf of people in our community with life-limiting illnesses.

And thanks to the generosity of all our supporters, we have raised millions of pounds since 1977.

We are NOW fighting to protect the future of hospice care in Hillingdon.

And we need your help.

THE BACKGROUND

In June 2018, the NHS relocated the 10-bed in-patient unit from the existing Michael Sobell Hospice building to the main Mount Vernon Hospital block.

This was originally a temporary move in response to "significant concerns" raised by the Care Quality Commission about the existing facilities.

But we are still pushing for local NHS managers to put concrete proposals for the future of hospice care on the table by the end of 2018 at the latest.

OUR GOALS

We are writing to all our supporters, volunteers and friends with the full background.

And we have set out our five goals between now and the end of 2018:

  • To keep fundraising hard for our current day care services, based in Michael Sobell Hospice. The day hospice is fully funded by us - and cannot operate without your generous donations.

  • To fight to protect inpatient and day services in a rebuilt, renovated or relocated Michael Sobell Hospice in the north of Hillingdon. We stand ready to raise capital funds to back an achievable plan.

  • To work with NHS leaders to put concrete proposals for hospice care on the table by the end of 2018. Patients in our community must see progress and agreement on the way forward over the autumn.

  • To restore in-patient hospice care for all patients who need it. It's inappropriate and unsustainable to put palliative and end-of-life care on an acute cancer ward.

  • To fund amenities for patients in the specialist inpatient unit relocated to Mount Vernon Cancer Centre - when needed by the on-site NHS care team.

Our mission has always been to make outstanding end-of-life care available at no cost to patients and their families, to all those who need it, when they need it.

This work will not stop now. It has never been so needed.

MORE INFORMATION

Please read our Chief Executive's letter to all our supporters

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