Who we are

We are dedicated to helping our local communities to get the best support possible by enabling them to enjoy a variety of experiences in a friendly, welcoming, caring and empathetic environment. The mission pf the John Eastwood Hospice Trust is to support its NHS partners in the organisation and delivery of specialist palliative care services both in the John Eastwood Hospice and in the community.

Many people think of a hospice as “a place where people go to die”. However, a hospice exists to affirm life, to improve its quality for both patients and carers and if at all possible, to send patients home, perhaps with the support of one of our other services, to enjoy a brighter life together.

Some patients may choose to remain or be admitted to John Eastwood Hospice to receive care in the last days of their lives.  We strive to deliver compassionate and responsive care throughout this period and will do everything we can to support patients and those important to them during this precious time.  Dying is a unique experience and we recognise that people may have strong preferences about how they wish care to be delivered and what is important to them. We provide support to achieve these wishes and preferences and to maintain dignity and control.


History

Celebrating 30 Years of Care for the People of Mid Nottinghamshire

We began offering day hospice services in 1991 and have grown over the years to now providing a 12-bed specialist inpatient unit, a Living Well Centre and a team who provide care in the community.

The concept of modern-day hospices was relatively new when our founder trustees began to explore the vison of a hospice for our community in 1983.  A network of twelve hospice fundraising support groups was set up, which began to raise thousands of pounds. Donations started to come in from a number of local support groups, including Mansfield Lions, Mansfield and Sutton Rotary groups, Ashfield Glass and Mansfield Choral Society.

The journey forward was far from straightforward. Land had to be procured and charitable status for the hospice had to be applied for. Negotiations with the NHS were entered into, and a most unusual agreement was reached, for the NHS to fund hospice services and for the charitable trust to focus on providing additional resources and higher-level services.

Their incredible efforts were finally rewarded as the first day patients came to the hospice in December 1991, followed by the first in-patient admissions in February 1992.


The meaning of our logo

The rays of sunlight represent the whole community of patients within the hospice. They also symbolise each patient as an individual. The sun symbolises life and death. Just as each day has a dawn and a dusk, so does human life. The embracing hand symbolises the hospice itself, as a caring and living community

Who we are