Our History

John Taylor Hospice is the oldest non-denominational hospice in the UK and has been providing care in the heart of our city for more than a century.

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We opened in 1910 and are named after Professor John Taylor, an eminent gynaecologist who worked at the Birmingham and Midland Hospital for Women.

The hospice was funded by the people of Birmingham inspired by Dr Mary Darby Sturge, a consultant anaesthetist at the same hospital and a local GP. Dr Darby Sturge formed a group of influential local people and volunteers to raise the money and the Taylor Memorial Home was founded on Park Road in Sparkbrook, initially caring solely for women.

In 1946/7 our founders raised enough money to buy The Grange at 76 Grange Road in Erdington and £10,000 to refurbish it. We moved to The Grange, the former home of East Birmingham MP and famed photographer Sir Benjamin Stone, in 1948.

JTH todayThe hospice was gifted to the NHS in 1948 and in the 1970s it began treating people in their own homes and was treating men as well as women.

We changed our name to John Taylor Hospice because what we know now as ‘the hospice movement’ started in the 1970s.

In 2011 the staff at John Taylor Hospice voted to take the hospice out of the NHS. Initially this was as a community interest company with a charity attached and on 1 April 2018 the hospice brought all of its business into the charity.

Click here to see former staff sharing memories of working at John Taylor Hospice in the past.

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