How people can help

A regular donation by direct debit will enable us to recruit more front line staff knowing we have the ongoing income to fund them. This could be a regular gift of £8 a month or two numbers in our lottery.
What problem are we trying to solve?
  • Our current Hospice at Home runs Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm which leaves patients without support at times when they are most likely to need it. This may result in patients being admitted to hospital - something many don’t want.
  • We only have six Hospice at Home staff for the whole of north Derbyshire.
  • Out of hours patients, their families and other healthcare professionals only have the option to call our Inpatient Unit which can take our nurses away from patients on the ward. This can be hard for our nurses, who really want to do what they can to help, but don’t have the resources.
  • We know 3,000 people locally need hospice support, yet we’re only caring for 2,200 at the moment, therefore about 800 people aren’t receiving our care at all - a scary thought.

The number of people in need of specialist palliative and end of life care is growing nationally.
In 2016 we cared for 2,256 patients and tens of thousands of patients since we first opened our doors almost 30 years ago. The number of people with palliative care needs in the area that we cover (north Derbyshire) is 3,014 (Marie Curie Atlas). This means that in north Derbyshire there are at least 800 people each year not accessing the best palliative and end of life care because we do not have the resources. In 2016, we saw a 10.4% increase in referrals overall with the most rapid growth expected in the next five years. Therefore it is undeniable that hospice care in the community significantly reduces the pressure on the NHS by providing vital support and care. Regardless of this, the percentage contribution that the hospice receives from the Clinical Commissioning Groups is decreasing and this year, despite the rising running costs of the Hospice, we received £200,000 less from them.

Sadly, there are numerous stories of how people with life-limiting illnesses are not getting enough support or the best care at the end of their life. It isn’t just the patient that suffers; their carers often feel isolated and overwhelmed by the pressure of looking after someone with complicated and difficult care needs. Other healthcare providers such as GP’s and District Nurses also need easier access to our specialist advice and support.
The solution

Increase the number of Hospice at Home staff until every person who needs our services is able to access them when they need it.
The cost is estimated at £700,000 a year, which would pay for 28 Health Care Assistants, 6 Registered Nurses and 2 Occupational Therapists.

Until we start expanding this service we will not know the full extent of what is needed. What we do know is that we need extra front line staff funded through regular donations.
could pay for a Hospice at Home visit for 2 hours

could pay for our Therapy Team to deliver and install equipment at home

a year to sponsor a member of the Hospice at Home team

Meet our hospice at home team

Health Care Assistant for 25 years
“There is a definite need for a
24/7 Hospice at Home service.
Patients in the community
often struggle to get night or
weekend support”.
Health Care Assistant for 4 years
“I think if we could be there to be
able to help and support people
on the weekend when there
aren’t all the services, it would
make a massive difference”.
Health Care Assistant for 15 years
“Having a 24/7 service will
make a massive difference.
People always say I wish we
could have Ashgate care staff
coming out all the time”.
Health Care Assistant for 3 years
“We matter to people. It’s
important that the team can
still offer time for support
and monitoring, respite and
personal care”.
Health Care Assistant for 15 years
“Having our help means the
carer can take some time out
for themselves. They can take
a break or go out knowing
their loved one is safe”.
Health Care Assistant for 12 years
“A lot of people panic towards
the end of the week. There
is fear the team who have
supported them all week won’t
be around on the weekend”.