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Home Care Service

FOLLOWING the success and expansion of the Dr Kershaw’s ‘Hospice at Home’ scheme, the Royton-based team is to pilot a home care service.

‘Kershaw’s Caring Hands’ is looking to extend the highest standards of care into the community and has received funding to launch the scheme in the New Year.

“Hospice At Home has highlighted a shortfall in capacity and variable quality in social care provision for highly dependent patients approaching the end of their lives which we believe we can address,” said Lindsey Harper, lead nurse for community services.

The service will be provided for patients registered with an Oldham GP who are referred on a fast-track basis from Pennine Acute Hospital Trust, their own GP, or Community Nursing Services, who require support with basic personal care in the last few weeks of life.

“The Hospice has fostered an excellent reputation locally and we believe we will improve patient experience and quickly become the home care service of choice,” added Lindsey.

The Turf Lane hospice is now looking to recruit a Home Care coordinator and a bank of Community Health Care Assistants.

To assist with this, the Hospice team is to hold an open day on Saturday 9 December (1-3pm) at Dr Kershaw’s where those interested can call in for a coffee and a chat and get more information.

Joanne Sloan, Deputy Chief Executive at Dr Kershaw’s, said: “The Hospice will recruit suitable staff to provide the highest standards of individual care and our hospice’s not-for-profit setup will ensure that all the funds received are invested in high-quality staff.

“Recruited staff will receive a programme of training, incorporating all core mandatory training and a certificate of care, to ensure our staff are trained to a high standard to provide excellent quality of care for patients.”

Joanne added that staff would then be partnered with more experienced Hospice staff on home visits to further support standards of care and safety.

More details about the posts being offered are available at

Feeling Festive

A massive thank you goes out to the team of volunteers who came in from RBS to help make the Hospice feel festive ready for all our Christmas events.

The team of eight from the bank had a day off from their usual day to day routine. They came in and set to with all the Christmas decorations in our reception, Day Hospice and corridors to make the place look the part ready for December.

Thank you to Kevin King, Nick Millard, Andy Garth, Ash Harvey, Steve Randall, Andie Gilles, Leah Makin, and Clare Brown.

The Creaking Cranks Bike Ride

Bill, Dave and Graham decided to set out to do a coast to coast bike ride to raise money for the Hospice. Over the three gruelling days they would cover a whopping 226 miles in total.

The first day was grey and slightly blustery at the start of the Trans Pennine Trail on the Southport seafront, they set off on their epic journey across the country. They met several friends along the way to keep spirits high and to give them a boost of enthusiasm to get the end of the journey.               

Just 12months earlier Bill had done his first ride of nine miles and thought that was a great achievement, after his legs had stopped aching. He made a throw away comment of ‘’shall we go across the country from coast to coast’’

This then became a reality and we would like to say a massive thank you to Bill, Graham and Dave for taking on this massive challenge in aid of the Hospice and raising an amazing £661.00!

Dr Kershaw’s Staff Nurse talks to Pennine Acute Trust

We are proud to tell everyone that our Staff Nurse Kelly Foster, who has worked at the hospice for 18 months, has been asked to give a talk on end-of-life care at the trust.

Kelly attended the Bereavement and End-of-Life Care Study Days, a course run by the Pennine Acute Trust for all staff across the trust. The training has run since February and the last study day will be in December. Aimed at bringing together health professionals to discuss end-of-life care. Kelly was approached by the organiser and asked to give a talk on end-of-life care here at Dr Kershaw’s at the next study day in September.

She put together a short presentation on hospice care for end-of-life patients and about going the extra mile.

Kelly told a story of a gentleman who was with us late last year who had two young sons. Quite quickly the family realised he would not live until Christmas. The staff rallied round and made him and his two young boys a special early festive celebration. Decorations appeared like magic and our conservatory was transformed into Christmas time. The team really went the extra mile to not only care for the patient but for the family as well.

Well done Kelly on this amazing achievement!

Lottery News

Following a recent compliance visit by the Gambling Commission who Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice Lottery is licensed by, we are proud to announce that Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice Lottery has been awarded a rating of ‘Good’ by the Gambling Commission which is the highest rating achievable.

Dr. Kershaw’s Hospice Lottery is committed to providing a secure, fair and socially responsible service and to endorse responsible gambling amongst members of the public who support our lottery in accordance with the Gambling Act 2005 and specifically the licence conditions and codes of practice which apply to our licence.

Mother and daughter get muddy to raise money for the Hospice

Lynsey and her daughter Sophie, aged 7, recently participated in the Tough Mudder event for the Hospice and have raised an outstanding £1685.00! Lynsey and Sophie have recently visited the Hospice during the time a family member was cared for here.

Lynsey told us ‘Mel was in the hospice for just under 3 weeks. I hadn't been to a hospice before and I was expecting it to be very clinical and run like a hospital. It wasn't like this at all. The building and the grounds are very homely and peaceful. It is more of a homely atmosphere. Everyone took very good care of Mel, as you would expect, but I was so touched at how all the staff dealt with us as a family, especially my sister. The effort, care, respect and friendliness shown to us was amazing. My daughter, who is only 7 and was close to her Aunty, was always included and spoken to with the same amount of respect as the adults, which was a big thing for me - she came away from the hospice saying that she'd like to visit again and once saying that she'd like to become a nurse!’

Thank you for taking on this challenge and supporting the hospice, you are both amazing! 

Local students put on ‘night at the musicals’ in aid of Hospice

Local lad Jack Grennan, student at Crompton House School recently put on an evening of entertainment to raise money for the Hospice.

Jack and a group of friends put on ‘night of the musicals’. He got together with other young musicians to pull the evening together with their choice of music and entertainment.

The young group of students invited family and friends to attend the evening with a small charge for the ticket and managed to raise an amazing £415.00 for Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

Thank you to everyone involved for putting on the evening of entertainment and to everyone who attended the spectacular show.

A massive well done to Jack and his friends for raising money for the Hospice, we really appreciate the support!

Group of friends take on challenge!

Three young ladies took on a fundraising challenge after one of their mother’s received care and treatment from Dr Kershaw’s Hospice last year.

Michelle Horrocks was joined by Heidi Smith and Emma Bland as they took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in memory of her mum. Rita Dixon died while in the care of the hospice in February 2016. Now her daughter and her friends have helped raise a huge £1474.85 by completing the challenge and named themselves Team Rita in remembrance of Michelle’s mother. Well done and thank you ladies!

Summer Fair 2017

A massive thank you to everyone who attended our Summer Fair this year, it was a superb event! We had several stalls selling items from garden ornaments, knitwear, cakes, fudge, handbags, toys and lots more. With entertainment from Oldham Scottish Pipe Band, Jayne Barnes Dance and Street Jammers who amazed everyone throughout the day! Hope the bear and Chaddy the owl came along to see the children. We had a bouncy castle, show us your strength and sand art stall with activities for the children and some yummy food stalls with burgers and pizza being sold. The event this year raised an amazing £5,029.86, we cannot thank everyone enough for the support received on this fabulous event!

Corporate Support

A group of colleagues from RSM UK recently came along to the Hospice to give us a hand with painting our fence and a spot of litter picking.

The team of 15 people came along for the afternoon on Friday 12th May dressed ready to paint our fence. The team had also raised enough money to pay for the materials needed to complete the task. They managed to raise an amazing £279.54 which more than covered the materials needed to spruce up our front fence.

The team were here for just four hours and did a fantastic job and even managed to do a second coat of paint, they were not put off by the bad weather either. Once completed the sun even came out in time for us to take a picture of their amazing work.

A huge thank you to everyone involved from RSM UK and for raising funds to complete the work, we really appreciate the support.


College students help to raise awareness

 First year Financial and Professional Services students from Oldham College spent a day at our Oldham Shop on Thursday 27th April to help raise awareness of the Hospice and promote the amazing items which you can find in our charity shops.

They were armed with leaflets and collections tins and Hope the mascot even made an appearance on the day to help encourage shoppers in Oldham to visit the Hospice charity shop. 

The group spoke to passers-by to raise awareness of the care provided by the Hospice and this contributed towards part of their project which involved team work and leadership.

They had a successful day despite the miserable weather and managed to speak to several people, they also interacted with people by wearing some of the fantastic items you can find within our charity shops and even held a raffle.

A massive thank you to everyone involved from the college!


Learn More About Charities While Shopping

We are proud to announce that Spindles Town Square Shopping centre has decided to support two local charities during 2017 Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and Maggie’s Centre, Oldham. The Hospice which provides care and support to the people of Oldham affected by life limiting illnesses, alongside the new Maggie’s Oldham who provide practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their loved ones.

Both charities will have the support of the local shopping centre in the upcoming months. Representatives from the Hospice have met with Mike Flanagan, Centre Manager to help raise awareness of the services we provide to the people of Oldham.

Here at the Hospice we are over the moon to be one of the two chosen charities. The Hospice provides services which include Hospice at Home, inpatient unit and Sunfields day hospice care as well as complementary therapy, 24 hour advice line, Lymphedema and more.

Various events and updates will take place throughout the year and we are looking forward to working with the shopping centre to raise awareness in the local area. 

Hospice Passes CQC Inspection

Dr Kershaw’s Hospice is proud to announce that it passed its recent CQC inspection. The Care Quality Commission is responsible for ensuring that health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care. They monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure that care providers meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and the Commission publish what they find, including performance ratings to help people choose care.

Dr Paul Cook, Executive and Medical Director at the Royton-based hospice said, “There have been many changes at Dr Kershaw’s over the last few years with our expanding services and ever increasing regulations that must be met. We are delighted that the CQC report recognised the hard work that our staff and volunteers put in to ensuring that we offer the best care possible to the people of Oldham and the surrounding areas. We are proud that the CQC reported that we provide a safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led service to our patients and their families and this sentiment is certainly reflected in our patient feedback and the multitude of thank you cards we receive each month.”

The full report can be viewed here


Lottery Results for 08/12/2017


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