Birmingham St Mary’s confirms hospice merger

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Birmingham St Mary’s and John Taylor Hospices have merged to form one Birmingham-wide organisation.

The two charities are now a new single registered charity, The Hospice Charity Partnership.

The two hospice sites and inpatient units will remain.

The Selly Park and Erdington-based hospices have been working together closely for many years to improve palliative and end of life care for more people across Birmingham and Sandwell.

Harry Turner, chair of the board of trustees, said: “For both boards the merger of Birmingham St Mary’s and John Taylor Hospices marks a landmark moment for end of life care across Birmingham.

“Being able to make this a reality puts the two organisations in a strong position moving forward in the future.

“By working together, the two hospices can build on the current joint working arrangement and be better able to offer a seamless service to more patients across the north and the south of the city in a way that is both cost-effective and sustainable.

“I am looking forward to continuing to working with our amazing teams across both sites.”

Simon Fuller, chief executive of The Hospice Charity Partnership, added: “This is a positive development for the city, and in the best interests of patients and their families across the region.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the amount of people requiring care and will continue to do so.

“A single, integrated charity will be more able to meet the needs of patients, ensure we are financially resilient and a make us a stronger partner in the local healthcare system.

“Providing the best healthcare possible for our patients will always remain our top priority and by merging as one organisation it will allow more pennies in the pound to be spent directly on services for patients and families.”