Spring 2022 Wish List Appeal

Despite the effects of the pandemic starting to reduce, it is very challenging for us to restart our traditional fundraising. Despite this, our need for items to make it easier for us to give the complete hospice care we’re so proud of continues. Please, help us to continue to deliver the very best medical expertise, combined with warm, human, compassionate care, to local people by helping with our Wish List:

Number needed: 5 syringe drivers with lockboxes
Cost per set: £1,186.51

These are wonderful little machines that allow us to give patients exact quantities of a drug over a very precise timescale. They mean we can administer pain and symptom-relieving medicine with fewer top-ups and checks, giving the patient more undisturbed time with family and loved ones.

Number needed: 2 hospice beds
Cost per item: £4,500

The beds we use at the hospice are highly specialised. Electronically controlled, every patient can adjust the height, back and leg support to find their most comfortable position. The beds are in use every day and wear out over the years. Right now, we’re keen to buy two new beds to replace ones that are coming towards the end of their useful life.

Number needed: 2 vital signs monitors
Cost per item: £1,619

This brand-new model keeps a continual track of blood pressure, breathing and heart rate and will allow us to constantly monitor a patient’s condition, enabling us to react instantly to any changes. The machine is light and compact, so we can move it from patient to patient as needed. It will connect wirelessly to our nurse-call system, which will make a huge difference to everyone on the team.

Number needed: 1 HoverJack Patient Lift
Cost per item: £10,074

Lifting a vulnerable patient from the floor is very difficult, it can be very painful for them if not done in the right way. The HoverJack is like a large and quite tall air mattress that we can slide under the patient and then inflate to lift them right up to bed height.

It’s easy to move so, once the patient is lifted, we can easily slide the mattress back over to the bed and transfer them with the minimum of fuss. It’s the best way we have to move a patient in the safest, most comfortable, least distressing way.

Number needed: 21 towels per patient, per week
Cost per patient: £18.90

We want everyone who comes to the hospice to be able to have a wash or a shower and to have a good quality towel to use. These towel sets are really soft and perfect for our patients. Often, we have patients who have really painful skin sores, so they have to have more baths, which means more towels!

Number needed: 7 sets per patient, per week
Cost per set: £14

Many people who come to the hospice have had a really difficult time. Caring for their own personal appearance can often be overlooked while they focus on their condition. But we never lose sight of the importance of a patient looking their best, because it helps them feel their best too.

These disposable hairbrush and comb sets allow us to spend a little time attending to our patients – time we know is hugely appreciated.

Number needed: 4 sets per patient, per week
Cost per set: £32

Many of our gentlemen patients have been clean-shaven their entire adult life but, now shaving has become impossible to do themselves, they feel untidy or unkempt with a beard. A simple service we can perform is to wet shave a patient and give him the comfort of human touch and the reassurance of looking well-groomed.

Number needed: 550 sets, one set for each patient we see
Cost per set: £10

Patients arriving from the hospital often only have a thin, scratchy hospital gown to wear. We try to keep a supply of warm, soft nightwear in a range of sizes so that whoever comes to the hospice can have something comforting to wear in bed. We also find that patients feel much happier about seeing friends and family if they are wearing proper nightwear.

This page is currently under construction so, to make your kind donation, please click here to visit our Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice website, where you will find a donation form at the bottom of the page. Thank you for your patience!

Thank you so much for your support!

Syringe Driver and Lockbox

Number needed: 5 syringe drivers with lockboxes
Cost per set: £1,186.51

These are wonderful little machines that allow us to give patients exact quantities of a drug over a very precise timescale. They mean we can administer pain and symptom-relieving medicine with fewer top-ups and checks, giving the patient more undisturbed time with family and loved ones.

Hospice Beds

Number needed: 2 hospice beds
Cost per item: £4,500

The beds we use at the hospice are highly specialised. Electronically controlled, every patient can adjust the height, back and leg support to find their most comfortable position. The beds are in use every day and wear out over the years. Right now, we’re keen to buy two new beds to replace ones that are coming towards the end of their useful life.

Vital signs monitor

Number needed: 2 vital signs monitors
Cost per item: £1,619

This brand-new model keeps a continual track of blood pressure, breathing and heart rate and will allow us to constantly monitor a patient’s condition, enabling us to react instantly to any changes. The machine is light and compact, so we can move it from patient to patient as needed. It will connect wirelessly to our nurse-call system, which will make a huge difference to everyone on the team.

HoverJack inflatable patient lift

Number needed: 1 HoverJack Patient Lift
Cost per item: £10,074

Lifting a vulnerable patient from the floor is very difficult, it can be very painful for them if not done in the right way. The HoverJack is like a large and quite tall air mattress that we can slide under the patient and then inflate to lift them right up to bed height.

It’s easy to move so, once the patient is lifted, we can easily slide the mattress back over to the bed and transfer them with the minimum of fuss. It’s the best way we have to move a patient in the safest, most comfortable, least distressing way.

Bath and Hand towels

Number needed: 21 towels per patient, per week
Cost per patient: £18.90

We want everyone who comes to the hospice to be able to have a wash or a shower and to have a good quality towel to use. These towel sets are really soft and perfect for our patients. Often, we have patients who have really painful skin sores, so they have to have more baths, which means more towels!

Hairbrush and comb sets

Number needed: 7 sets per patient, per week
Cost per set: £14

Many people who come to the hospice have had a really difficult time. Caring for their own personal appearance can often be overlooked while they focus on their condition. But we never lose sight of the importance of a patient looking their best, because it helps them feel their best too.

These disposable hairbrush and comb sets allow us to spend a little time attending to our patients – time we know is hugely appreciated.

Disposable razor sets

Number needed: 4 sets per patient, per week
Cost per set: £32

Many of our gentlemen patients have been clean-shaven their entire adult life but, now shaving has become impossible to do themselves, they feel untidy or unkempt with a beard. A simple service we can perform is to wet shave a patient and give him the comfort of human touch and the reassurance of looking well-groomed.

Pyjamas and Nightdresses

Number needed: 550 sets, one set for each patient we see
Cost per set: £10

Patients arriving from the hospital often only have a thin, scratchy hospital gown to wear. We try to keep a supply of warm, soft nightwear in a range of sizes so that whoever comes to the hospice can have something comforting to wear in bed. We also find that patients feel much happier about seeing friends and family if they are wearing proper nightwear.

How to donate:

This page is currently under construction so, to make your kind donation, please click here to visit our Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice website, where you will find a donation form at the bottom of the page. Thank you for your patience!

Thank you so much for your support!

What our patients think

“The care was second to none”

“At such a heartbreaking and difficult time, the nurses and care assistants knew exactly what to do and to say – we’d have been lost without them. The care they provided for my beautiful wife was second to none and I’ll be forever grateful.”

Roger Perks

“Nothing is too much trouble”

“I can’t thank hospice teams enough. From fitting grab rails in my house and ordering a reclining bed, reviewing of all my medication, providing me with new medical equipment and even helping to organise domestic help for us at home – they’ve covered everything but are always willing to do even more.”

Jackie Bannister

“I don’t know where I’d be without them”

“The support I get is truly is invaluable and I honestly don’t know where I’d be without them. I’m able to talk openly about my illness and ask for advice and support if I need it. I’ve made some incredible friends and the hospice is a very special place full of laughter and kindness. “

Liz Warren

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