The origins of the Wirral Holistic Care Services stretch back 25 years.
It was then that Dorothy Crowther – the chief executive – first proposed the idea that complementary therapies and ongoing care could help cancer patients to not only cope with the diagnosis of their illness, but also offer them a much greater input over improving their quality of life.
In 1988, the idea was given the ‘green light’ by the then Wirral Health Authority and Wirral Holistic Care Services was formally established, within a disused ward of St Catherine’s Hospital, Birkenhead.
The centre, then had to move in 2005 when the Hospital was demolished and now operates from a lovely house in the Wirral.
The centre offers hope, comfort and support to the many thousands of people living with cancer, through a network of qualified and highly dedicated nurses, therapists, clinicians and specialists – all of whom kindly volunteer so much of their time and energy for the benefit of their patients.
They treat patients from the Wirral to greater Merseyside area, North Wales and Cheshire. They have also treated patients from all over the UK, as well as worldwide.
Recognition of their work has come from many quarters of the healthcare sector, this is endorsed by the fact that 87% of patient referrals now come from other healthcare professionals.
As their reputation increased, so has the pressure on their funding. But despite the continuous burden on finances, their original ethos remains in that
‘all our patient care and ongoing support is offered free of charge, and no patient is ever refused treatment’.
Together Against Cancer are thrilled to be able to help this worthy cause by providing them with a regular donation, so that more people can be helped.
Address: SOLAS, 6 Ashburton Road, Claughton, Wirral, Cheshire, CH43 8TW
Phone: +44 (0) 151 652 9313