St Luke's Hospice
St Luke’s Hospice serves the Sheffield people who need us most, regardless of age, cultural background, postcode or religion. The Hospice isn’t only for cancer patients. We also help people with other illnesses including neurological conditions (such as Motor Neurone Disease), HIV and end stage heart, lung and kidney conditions. Sometimes patients are admitted to the hospice for a short time and are discharged home once their symptoms are under control thanks to our expert care. We are very lucky that we have over 400 unpaid volunteers who help our 170 staff to deliver our services, supporting St Luke’s in many different ways – from patient care to family support, to helping us raise money.
Every year we help 1,400 patients and their families and carers; more than 5,000 people in all. At the hospice, at any one time, we’re caring for 20 patients in our In Patient Unit; 400 in any one year.
St Luke's is not just for cancer patients, and it's far more than a building. In fact you may be surprised to learn that most of our patients never set foot in the Hospice itself. Throughout the city we have 10 Community Nurses caring for around 400 patients in their own homes and care homes; around 1,000 every year. And every year individual programmes of therapies, treatments and advice at our Therapies and Rehabilitation Centre help around 350 patients to live independently at home for as long as possible.
Every patient is an individual with unique needs and preferences; and our dedicated staff understand how to care for the whole person, not just treat their symptoms. Our social work team help patients get the support they need while they’re living at home, and to claim for financial benefits they need to fund that specialist support. We also support, advise and council patients’ bereaved families through what can be a difficult and distressing time for them.
We aim to support, comfort and inspire patients, adding quality to life when every day matters more than ever.