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St Christopher's Hospice

St Christopher’s Hospice founded in 1967 by Dame Cicely Saunders. In founding St Christopher’s in 1967, Dame Cicely Saunders made an extraordinary contribution to alleviating human suffering. The hospice has been a centre of innovation and insight ever since. The first patient was admitted on 13 July 1967 and the official opening followed shortly after on 24 July 1967. Led by Dame Cicely, St Christopher’s set out to discover practical solutions and to disseminate them widely. There were, of course, other hospices before St Christopher’s. These hospices were oases of dedicated nursing care for the terminally ill, but they were not what we now think of as modern palliative care. In contrast, St Christopher’s was committed to education and research, as well as excellence in clinical care. Over the year 779 patients stayed in inpatient beds. The average length of stay was 16 days. 97% of patients staying on inpatient wards said hospice staff and volunteers were welcoming. 91% of patients who returned home after a stay at the hospice said they would be ‘likely’ or ‘extremely likely’ to recommend us to family and friends. 97% of bereaved relatives said they would be ‘likely’ or ‘extremely likely’ to recommend. At St Christopher’s 2,057 patients in their own home last year. 14,161 home visits were made last year. 620 home visits were outside of normal office hours.