Wigan and Leigh Hospice has been providing palliative care for adult patients across Wigan Borough for over 35 years.
We are a registered charity and care for over 1,100 people with a life-limiting illness every year. We also provide care and support for those people important to our patients.
Most of our patients receive care in their own homes although we also provide care for people living in nursing or care homes and at the hospice in Hindley.
We provide skilled care, help and support over an extended period of time to people living with a life-limiting illness.
We work closely with GPs, District Nurses, nursing home staff, students and other health and social care professionals and share our knowledge and skills through formal education programmes. By sharing our expertise with other professionals, their patients will benefit even if they do not directly access hospice services.
Our aim is to extend our specialist care to everyone in Wigan and Leigh who needs our support.
Providing our services
We do not charge for our care and rely on the local community to continue to support the hospice.
We are fortunate to be supported by around 600 volunteers whose invaluable support enables us to deliver a wide range of services.
Only around 25% of our funding comes from government. The rest comes from the generosity of local people through charitable giving including donations, fundraising, legacies, the hospice lottery and our hospice shops.
The hospice needs to raise almost £10,000 every day from our local community in order to carry on providing all of our services.
For more information please see how you can support the hospice.
Please also see how your support helps
- We make no charge for any of our services.
- The hospice began caring for patients in their own homes in 1981 and opened an Inpatient Unit in 1983 at a former vicarage in Poolstock.
- We serve a population of around 320,000 people from across Wigan and Leigh.
- We support more than 1,100 patients with a life-limiting illness every year. We also support those people closest to our patients.
- We care for around 900 patients in their own homes or in care homes every year.
- We currently have 14 beds on the Inpatient Unit each in single rooms.
- Around 250 patients are admitted to our Inpatient Unit every year. Around 40% go home after receiving care.
- Our care is not just restricted to patients with a cancer diagnosis but extends to support patients with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses such as neurological and respiratory conditions.
- Hospice care aims to meet the practical, physical, social, spiritual and emotional needs of our patients.
In the year to June 2020 we:
- Cared for 1,185 patients
- Supported 226 people who were close to our patients
- Admitted 249 people to the Inpatient Unit for an average stay of 16 days
- Our Hospice Nurse Specialists cared for 942 patients
- Hospice in your Home cared for 398 patients
- Some 282 people accessed Complementary Therapy
- Counselling was given to 207 people
- A total of 174 people accessed bereavement support
Regulation of the Hospice
Wigan and Leigh Hospice is regulated by the Care Quality Commission and the Charity Commission.
The trustees are all volunteers who ensure proper governance of the hospice. Their role is to agree and monitor the strategic direction and ensure that we operate within the various regulatory frameworks and remain true to our mission, objects and values. They also act as ambassadors for the hospice at external events.