Dr Kershaw’s Hospice was 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. The Hospice has undergone a number of building programmes, which has included expansion and refurbishment that offers high quality patient accommodation.
The Hospice provides specialist palliative care for adults with non-curable, life-limiting illnesses in a peaceful and homely environment. Palliative care is an area of healthcare that focuses on relieving and preventing the suffering of patients. Palliative care is appropriate for patients at all stages of illness, including those undergoing treatment for symptom control or rehabilitation as well as patients who are nearing the end of life.
Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is an independent hospice and a registered charity (Charity No. 1105924). It is partially funded by the Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), circa £1.13m per year. However, the major part of the annual budget of £3.6m is supported by fundraising activities, donations, legacies, income from the Hospice shops and revenue from the Hospice lottery.
The Hospice serves a population of some 235,000 people drawn from Oldham and its surrounding districts and has a close working relationships with Oldham CCG, Pennine Care NHS Trust and Northern Care Alliance NHS Group.