St Anne’s Hospice to be taken over by St David’s Hospice Care

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SERVICES provided by Newport’s St Anne’s Hospice will be taken over by St David’s Hospice Care later this year.

The trustees of St Anne’s Hospice have agreed in principle to transfer in-patient services currently provided at the hospice – in the grounds of St Joseph’s Hospital.

St Anne’s is owned by the Sisters of St Joseph, who in the early 1990s decided to create the hospice in part of the private hospital, and the existing hospice building was opened in 1994.

“Given our dwindling personnel resources as a religious order we believe this is the optimum time to transfer the services and to combine the resources of the two organisations,” said Sister Benedicta, chairman of the trustees of St Anne’s Hospice.

“Following discussion with all stakeholders, including the Aneurin Bevan Health Board and the All Wales Palliative Care Implementation Board, the recommendation was made to approach St David’s Hospice Care in order to ensure seamless palliative care for the people of Gwent and the surrounding area.

“St David’s, which already undertakes domiciliary and day care, has the necessary expertise and resources to continue to develop the in-patient services currently provided in St Anne’s.

“We are sad to have to withdraw from St Anne’s but the hospice cannot continue as a stand-alone service and we are confident that integrating with St David’s will ensure a legacy of excellent palliative care for those we serve.”

St David’s Hospice Care was set up more than 30 years ago, has developed into the UK’s largest provider of hospice-at-home care, caring for more than 2,600 patients and families a year.

Its chief executive, Emma Saysell, said its board fully supports the transfer.

“We would like to thank the Sisters of St Joseph for the huge contribution they have made to palliative care in Gwent since St Anne’s Hospice was opened,” she said.

“We recognise, as they do, that in order to continue their wonderful work the future for patients and families will be best served with one hospice service.

“We look forward to providing a specialist inpatient unit alongside our specialist community and hospice-at-home service.”

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11:13am Thu 7 Mar 13

JoJoJoJo says...

I think this is fantastic news. St David's have always been a wonderful organisation and I would support anything they are involved in. Thank you for helping a very dear friend of mine, I will always be grateful and I will always support you.
I think this is fantastic news. St David's have always been a wonderful organisation and I would support anything they are involved in. Thank you for helping a very dear friend of mine, I will always be grateful and I will always support you. JoJoJoJo
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1:50pm Thu 7 Mar 13

welshmen says...

God bless the Sisters of St Joseph....
God bless the Sisters of St Joseph.... welshmen
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2:19pm Thu 7 Mar 13

county mad says...

St David's were so supportive when my mum passed 22yrs ago, I have never forgotten their help . I hope they can continue for years to come, I hope people will dig in their shrinking pockets to help. This really is unbelievable help in those awful circumstances
St David's were so supportive when my mum passed 22yrs ago, I have never forgotten their help . I hope they can continue for years to come, I hope people will dig in their shrinking pockets to help. This really is unbelievable help in those awful circumstances county mad
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8:11pm Thu 7 Mar 13

YazPad-But says...

I hope St David's take over the charity shops too. St David's shops are always so nice and inviting, I always buy something just to feel I am doing my bit. St David's helped my Mum too. I will always think they are an amazing bunch of people. The people who fund raise and arrange events for them could rule the world!
I hope St David's take over the charity shops too. St David's shops are always so nice and inviting, I always buy something just to feel I am doing my bit. St David's helped my Mum too. I will always think they are an amazing bunch of people. The people who fund raise and arrange events for them could rule the world! YazPad-But
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7:43am Fri 8 Mar 13

Joules42 says...

Whilst everyone is talking of the good St David's do, let's not forget the work of those at St Anne's. my Dad spent his final weeks at St Anne's Hospice and as a family, there would be nowhere else in the world we would have wanted him to be. My Dad was given the best possible care, compassion and dignity, and so were our family, even after he passed away. The sisters truly are remarkable people and I hope they are still going to be involved in providing others with the love and care my Dad received. God bless them all.
Whilst everyone is talking of the good St David's do, let's not forget the work of those at St Anne's. my Dad spent his final weeks at St Anne's Hospice and as a family, there would be nowhere else in the world we would have wanted him to be. My Dad was given the best possible care, compassion and dignity, and so were our family, even after he passed away. The sisters truly are remarkable people and I hope they are still going to be involved in providing others with the love and care my Dad received. God bless them all. Joules42
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12:07pm Fri 8 Mar 13

JoJoJoJo says...

Joules42 wrote:
Whilst everyone is talking of the good St David's do, let's not forget the work of those at St Anne's. my Dad spent his final weeks at St Anne's Hospice and as a family, there would be nowhere else in the world we would have wanted him to be. My Dad was given the best possible care, compassion and dignity, and so were our family, even after he passed away. The sisters truly are remarkable people and I hope they are still going to be involved in providing others with the love and care my Dad received. God bless them all.
Have you missed the point of the Argus article? St David's are taking over so that the good work at St Anne's CAN carry on. St David's only have a day centre it's St Anne's who have the hospice and now the two groups will combine. St David's are taking over as the nuns have pulled out. Read the article! No-one other than you has seen this as putting St Anne's in a bad light.
[quote][p][bold]Joules42[/bold] wrote: Whilst everyone is talking of the good St David's do, let's not forget the work of those at St Anne's. my Dad spent his final weeks at St Anne's Hospice and as a family, there would be nowhere else in the world we would have wanted him to be. My Dad was given the best possible care, compassion and dignity, and so were our family, even after he passed away. The sisters truly are remarkable people and I hope they are still going to be involved in providing others with the love and care my Dad received. God bless them all.[/p][/quote]Have you missed the point of the Argus article? St David's are taking over so that the good work at St Anne's CAN carry on. St David's only have a day centre it's St Anne's who have the hospice and now the two groups will combine. St David's are taking over as the nuns have pulled out. Read the article! No-one other than you has seen this as putting St Anne's in a bad light. JoJoJoJo
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4:55pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Joules42 says...

No, I have not missed the point actually ...... Neither have I put st David's, st Anne's or anyone else in a bad light!!!!!!! clearly you are the one who has missed the point!!!! What I am saying is, even though they are no longer in control of the hospice, it would be a shame if they were not still part of it, in some way or another!!! Do you have anything better to do with your time than make an innocent comment seem like a negative???
No, I have not missed the point actually ...... Neither have I put st David's, st Anne's or anyone else in a bad light!!!!!!! clearly you are the one who has missed the point!!!! What I am saying is, even though they are no longer in control of the hospice, it would be a shame if they were not still part of it, in some way or another!!! Do you have anything better to do with your time than make an innocent comment seem like a negative??? Joules42
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5:02pm Fri 8 Mar 13

Joules42 says...

Also, you don't have to tell me what st Anne's has or has not. I lost my dad there and spent every day for a month going back-and-for, I've also raised and donated money to them in the last 3 1/2 years since losing my dad.
Also, you don't have to tell me what st Anne's has or has not. I lost my dad there and spent every day for a month going back-and-for, I've also raised and donated money to them in the last 3 1/2 years since losing my dad. Joules42
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