Cotswold Care Hospice has the most modern palliative care facilities in Gloucestershire. It serves the county's population of more than 568,000.
Founded 24 year ago, Cotswold Care Hospice opened its state-of-the-art purpose built complex in 2008.
It is committed to excellence in specialist and generalist palliative care for adults over the age of 18.
Cotswold Care Hospice can provide support and care for people with life-limiting illnesses from prediagnosis onwards. It also provides support for patients' families and their carers.
Cotswold Care Hospice employs 100 staff. Every year we support and care for more than 500 people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
That number is growing as the hospice continues to develop and introduce new services. We are also supported by more than 600 volunteers.
All of our care is provided free of charge. It costs £2.8 million a year to run the hospice. We receive less than 10 per cent from the NHS. For the remaining £2.1 million we rely on the generosity of the public.
More than 500 people use our facilities every year, from carers' relaxation days, to our day hospice to our Hospice at Home service.
Cotswold Care Hospice is a recognised specialist in palliative care and provides support to people with life-limiting illnesses.
We provide care in three areas:
Hospice at Home
We do not, at present, have a bedded unit at the hospice. Investigations are under way to look at the possibility of building a 10-bed unit.
People can refer themselves to our day therapy and outpatients services. In day hospice we assess and manage patients' symptoms so that they can return home.
The clincal care team will decide how long a person will stay within our service, based on the needs of the individual.
While the majority of our patients are admitted with cancer-related illnesses, our services are open to anyone diagnosed with a life-limiting condition.
These can include Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neurone Disease chronic heart failure, chronic lung disease.
There is a close liaison and collaboration between primary health care teams, hospitals, community palliative care teams and other community health and social services.
As we receive less than 10 per cent of our annual funding from the Government, fundraising is a key activity at Cotswold Care Hospice to ensure the continued level of service to the community of Gloucestershire.
It costs £263 an hour to run the hospice, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We receive money through legacies, voluntary contributions, fundraising and through our 13 charity shops.