St Helena Hospice
St Helena Hospice exists for the patients, families and carers we serve in North East Essex and the Colne Valley area of mid-Essex as well as for those who will need our support in the future. In the main, hospice services are for those with palliative and end of life care needs.
Hospice and palliative care is about ‘care not cure’ and supporting the ‘whole’ person; not only does this focus on patients' medical care and physical symptoms but also their emotional and spiritual needs and also the needs of their loved ones. Hospice care can be provided to people from the point of their diagnosis with a life-limiting illness, it doesn’t just have to be for those who are nearing the end of their lives.
Some of these illnesses could include things such as cancer, AIDS and diseases at a progressive stage like motor neurone disease, dementia, multiple sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart, lung or kidney disease.
Many people think of hospices as a building. We do have some great facilities such as a 15 bedded Inpatient Unit and two Therapies and Wellbeing centres but the majority of our work actually takes place in the community, supporting people in their own homes.
We also run the St Helena Hospice and NHS North East Essex bereavement services which offer bereavement support to any individual in the area who has experienced the death of a loved one, not just those who have been in contact with the hospice.
All of St Helena Hospice services are free for people to access. The cost of running our hospice is around £8.7 million a year. More than two thirds of this cost is raised through the support of the local community; people like you.
We also have a specialist Education and Research Centre, an approved collaborative partner of Anglia Ruskin University, promoting skilled and compassionate palliative care through training and education up to master's degree level.