East Cheshire Hospice provides special care for adults suffering from life-limiting illnesses for which there is no cure. We care for the whole person, aiming to meet all their needs, whether they are medical, emotional or spiritual or around the challenges of daily-living. We also support families and carers throughout what is often a difficult period.
Our mission is to make every day count for our patients and those important to them. The hospice is full of laughter and a place where life is celebrated.
Supported by over five hundred local volunteers, East Cheshire Hospice is based in Macclesfield and cares for people throughout East Cheshire and parts of North Derbyshire, from Poynton to Congleton and from Knutsford to Buxton. Most patients suffer from cancer but we also care for people with other conditions, such as heart disease, multiple sclerosis or motor neurone disease.
Staffed by specialist nurses, doctors and support staff, we have a 15 bed In-patient Unit where patients can stay for end of life care, rehabilitation, symptom control or respite care. The Unit is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. We also have a busy Day Care Centre which helps local people continue to live independently at home.
Working in both the In-patient Unit and the Day Care Centre, the hospice has a team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers whilst our chaplaincy team is always there to provide spiritual care and support. We offer art therapy and a range of complementary therapies, including acupuncture, reiki, reflexology and aromatherapy. We even have a hair salon where patients can get their hair done in a caring and supportive environment.
Last year, we had 335 admissions into the In-patient Unit and 2,270 attendances in our Day Care Centre.
A registered charity, all our services are completely free of charge to all patients. However, the hospice receives less than 23% of our annual costs from government and so has to fundraise almost £6,000 every single day of the year simply to maintain its current service.