St Oswald’s sits in a quiet, leafy part of Gosforth, next to the vast Virgin Money site.
Many people will have passed by us, some maybe wondering what’s behind the main doors, others dreading even the thought it.
Such is the misconception of hospices that a great number of people believe that you go into a hospice and don’t come out again. That a hospice is a place to die. That a hospice is a dark, scary place, where there is a great deal of sadness and not much more.
Yet, that’s really not the case.
Walk through our doors and you’ll quickly see that St Oswald’s is all about life. There’s a lot of bustle, a lot of laughter and a huge dollop of care and attention.
At St Oswald’s, it’s about living life to the full, no matter how much time you have left.
We reassure patients and families. We strive to make them feel understood, supported, listened to, cared for and in safe, expert hands.
You might be surprised to learn that while we do provide end-of-life care, a large part of our work involves pain and symptom management – so that patients can continue to enjoy quality of life, for as long as they live.
Our team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplaincy, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and complementary therapists. As every patient and child is at the centre of what we do, working together, we strive to address not only their physical symptoms, but their emotional and spiritual needs too.
St Oswald’s is neither an NHS nor a ‘private’ unit. We are a self-financing, voluntary organisation. With need to raise £6.5 million every year to keep going and we rely heavily on support from the community. We make no charge for our services – ensuring our care is available to everyone who needs us.