Woodlands Hospice | Hospice Care for North Liverpool, South Sefton and Kirkby in Knowsely

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Our history

Woodlands Hospice is an independent registered charity (Registered Charity Number 1048934) which was set up in 1991 in order to raise the funds necessary to build and run Woodlands Hospice.

The Trust was set up as a direct response to the needs of local people living with cancer. The experiences of General Practitioners, Macmillan nurses and hospital staff identified the need for a facility for the care and support of those with life-threatening illnesses in North Liverpool.

In 1996, the hospice opened and initially provided Day Therapy Services to the people of North Liverpool, South Sefton and Kirkby in Knowsley

The Community Therapy Outreach Service was established in 2001 with a grant from the New Opportunities Fund. The team currently consists of an Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapist and three Complementary Therapists and these services are provided in the patient’s own home.

In 2005, following further fundraising, an Outpatient Annex was opened, allowing the hospice to offer outpatient services including medical review, physiotherapy, anxiety management, reflexology and counselling on an appointment basis.

In 2006, we launched a Capital Appeal to raise the £2.37 million needed to build an Inpatient unit as an extension to our existing building.

The people of Merseyside responded – donations, grants and equipment flooded into the Capital Appeal office and on June 6th 2009, the 15-bed extension was opened and Woodlands Inpatient unit began accepting its first patients.

In January 2012, we launched a small Hospice at Home service for patients with a South Sefton GP.

We were fortunate to receive a £498,000 grant in 2013 from the Department of Health to make alterations to the old Day Therapy building to create a suite of new therapy rooms, a rehabilitation/­gym facility and a modern art room. We also converted the lounge area into a new café, improving facilities for patients and visitors, and enabling better access to the mature garden area. The new facilities opened in April 2014.

Memorable visits

4th May 1995 Foundation stone at Woodlands Hospice laid by the Duke of Westminster
4th May 1995 Foundation Stone laid by the Duke of Westminster


20th June 1996 Woodlands Hospice official opening by the HRH the Duchess of Kent
23rd January 1996 Woodlands Hospice opened its doors to patients and on 
20th June 1996 Woodlands Hospice it was official opened by HRH the Duchess of Kent


18th March 2005 Official Opening of the Out Patient Unit at Woodlands Hospice by Roger Philips, BBC
The official opening of the Outpatient Unit by BBC's Roger Philips on 18th March 2005


On 6th June 2009 The Inpatient Unit at Woodlands Hospice was opened to patients and on 3rd September 2009 The Inpatient Unit was officially opened by Ken Dodd.
On 6th June 2009 the 15-bed Inpatient Unit opened to patients before being officially opened by Ken Dodd on 3rd September 2009


 11th March 2010 HRH Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, visited the Inpatient Unit at Woodlands Hospice
The Earl of Wessex Prince Edward, visited the Inpatient Unit on 11th March 2010