About Saint Catherine’s Hospice
OUR VISION – To be the provider of choice for excellent palliative and end of life care, which meets patient need and for which we have the skills and resources to make a difference.
OUR AIM – To put patients at the core of all we do and strive to meet their palliative and end of life needs
Saint Catherine’s Hospice works with and for the community to provide our specialist care for those with a life-limiting or life threatening illness. All care given to patients is appropriate to their individual needs and according to their personal wishes. We are a registered charity and support patients and families across Scarborough, Whitby, Ryedale, Bridlington and Driffield.
.. the facilities are fantastic but facilities mean nothing without the people
The History Of St Catherines
Saint Catherine’s Hospice was developed after an initial meeting of the three ‘founding fathers’ in 1981. Mr. David Fletcher, a surgeon at Scarborough hospital, Brian Fitzpatrick a Methodist minister and Dr. Tony Chico a GP, set about finding the trustees who worked with them to make their dream a reality. Such was the overwhelming response of local people that within three years of the idea first being conceived, the Hospice was welcoming its first patients.
Other local people and companies were recruited to the cause and in 1983 the ‘dream came true’ when the Hospice building at 137 Scalby Road was purchased in readiness for conversion.
It was opened in April 1985 by Princess Margaret.
Since then Saint Catherine’s Hospice has developed and extended its services to meet the needs of its patients and to support their families. By the late 1990’s the time came to extend and improve the quality of all Saint Catherine’s work. The hospice had out grown its existing site so relocation to a purpose built new, development was planned.
The new Hospice was needed to be able to offer the most up to date facilities and services for the benefit of all patients in need of palliative care. A site was found on Throxenby Farm, Scarborough. Following the new build appeal the £2m target was successfully raised by the end of 2003 and the relocation to a purpose built site took place in May 2004.