This month we are celebrating 30 years since we opened our doors to care for our first patient. We now care for over 2,000 people every year.
There are lots of staff and volunteers who have been involved with the Hospice for many years. Angela Egdell, our Director of Care Services, is one of them and has been with us since we opened in 1986. She joined St Oswald’s as a Staff Nurse on the Inpatient Ward and is now responsible for the clinical teams for both adult, children and young adult services.
Angela said: “I was interviewed for my job as Staff Nurse in May 1986, when there were only two or three members of staff! Over the years the teams have grown and developed to meet the needs of patients, children and young adults from the North East.
“It’s amazing to see how much the Hospice has grown, not just because we’ve gone from a handful of staff to over 1300 volunteers and around 370 paid staff, but also the wide range of services we now offer.
“The Hospice began with an Adult Inpatient Unit, with just five beds and Day Hospice two days per week. Our adult services now comprise of a 15-bed inpatient unit, a Day Hospice, a range of day services, outpatient services, including a large Lymphoedema service, and family and carer support. We also care for children and young adults with complex life-limiting conditions, from birth to 25 years.
“Regardless of which of our services it is, it’s about making a difference to patients and making a difference to their lives, however long or short that life’s going to be. It’s also about making a difference to their families and carers. 30 years of care is quite special and I’m privileged to have been part of it.”