Dr Kershaw's Hospice provides free, specialist, end-of-life and palliative care (an area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients) for adults with life-limiting illnesses in Oldham and its surrounding areas in a peaceful and homely environment. The Hospice opened in 1989 following the conversion and development of a 1930s cottage hospital originally built with a legacy from Dr John Kershaw, a local GP.
As an independent Hospice and a registered charity (Charity No. 1105924), Dr Kershaw’s is partially funded by the Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), circa £1.13m per year. However, the majority of the £3.6m annual budget is supported by fundraising activities, donations, legacies, income from the Hospice shops and revenue from the Hospice lottery.
The Hospice has a team of dedicated clinical staff including doctors, nurses, health care assistants and care givers who support patients in the Hospice’s In-Patient Unit and Well-Being Centre (day patient facility), along with supporting patients in the community through their Hospice at Home service and Caring Hands, the Hospice’s domiciliary service.
Dr Kershaw’s Hospice has undergone a number of building programmes, with the most recent being the development of our newly opened state-of-the-art In-Patient Unit (IPU). The new IPU will provide expanded, modernised patient facilities combined with transformed gardens and woodlands.
The Hospice serves a population of some 235,000 people drawn from Oldham and its surrounding districts and has a close working relationship with Oldham CCG, Pennine Care NHS Trust and Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.