ABOUT ST. GEMMA’S HOSPICE
St Gemma’s Hospice is a local, independent charity based in Leeds, and is one of the leading hospices in the UK.
St Gemma’s Hospice cares for adults who have illnesses that are no longer curable, supporting around 3,000 people every year, including patients, their families and carers. The care that is delivered is special and unique to each individual person.
The Hospice provides the best possible care and quality of life for local people living with terminal illnesses, specialising in pain relief and symptom control to help people live as well as possible for as long as possible.
St Gemma’s offers a wide range of expert services to support patients, their families and friends – not just in the Hospice building but also in patients’ homes and nursing homes.
The Hospice has a 32 bed In-Patient Unit which provides specialist palliative and end-of-life care to hundreds of local people each year. Patients benefit from round-the-clock care, tailored to their individual needs and wishes.
St Gemma’s Day Services, based at the Hospice, offers nursing and medical support and a range of daily clinics to people who need our care and expertise, but not as an In-Patient. Most patients would prefer to stay at home during their illness. So the St Gemma’s Community Nurse Specialists, supported by doctors and the wider Hospice team, work with patients and their families to make this possible.
Patients’ families and carers are also supported by the St Gemma’s team. This includes bereavement workers who provide support to all, including children and young people.
Each of us – sick or well – has unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. St Gemma’s get to know their patients personally so they we are able to make every day count. This can mean anything from hosting a family BBQ in our gardens, setting up a jacuzzi bath for a man who had lived most of his adult life on the streets, or simply cooking somebody their favourite meal.
St Gemma’s care is available for anyone who would benefit from it. All of our services are provided free of charge to patients and their families but this care is not free to provide. It costs around £10 million to provide all of our services, the majority of which needs to be raised via our chain of charity shops, fundraising events, gifts left in Wills and donations from the public.
Every penny makes a difference.