Chairman of our Board of Trustees awarded MBE by the Queen

paul_c_headDr Paul Cuthbertson, Chairman of Wirral Hospice St John’s Board of Trustees, has been awarded a very well-deserved  MBE in the 2013 Queen’s Birthday Honours List  for services to palliative care in Wirral.

Dr Cuthbertson has given selfless service to the Wirral community and to the wider cause of specialist palliative care. Having qualified as a doctor in 1965, he worked for many decades in Greasby Group Practise and was admired by staff and patients alike. He retired from general practice in April 2010. However, he is remembered by Practise Manager, Fiona Doyle, as ‘a great leader of people who has integrity and charm in abundance’ and by Dr Phillipa Coppack, who worked with him for over 20 years as ‘a wonderful person to work with’.

It was in the 1970s that Dr Cuthbertson recognised the need for a specialist palliative care service in Wirral through his experience of dealing with terminally ill cancer patients in his own Wirral GP practice. He became a founding member of a 1980 working party to raise funds to build a hospice in Wirral, which resulted in the opening of Wirral Hospice St John’s in 1983.

The result of his work has benefited countless past and present patients and relatives and nearly every family in Wirral will know someone who has found comfort at Wirral Hospice St John’s. 

Dr Cuthbertson has had over 30 years continuous service at Wirral Hospice and has been personally involved in the development of the hospice at every stage.

During the 80s, he held a salaried post as a doctor, a key member of the Hospice’s clinical team, often doing voluntary ‘on call’ during evenings and weekends.  He was invited onto the Board of Trustees and has been an inspirational Chairman for the past 16 years.

Under Dr Cuthbertson’s leadership, our Hospice has grown and become a centre of clinical excellence with outstanding Care Quality Commission Inspection Reports. 

Dr Cuthbertson is outstanding in the way in which he has used his motivation, enthusiasm, intelligence, clinical knowledge and experience and, above all, his free time to make a real difference to the people of Wirral facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, and their families.

He has recently supported the Board at Wirral Hospice St John’s to implement our new Hospice at Home pilot service, whereby any patients needing end-of-life care who wish to be in their own homes at that time can still receive specialist palliative care.

Dr Cuthbertson MBE, MRCS Eng, LRCP, stands out as an exceptionally caring man who makes time for everyone and everything in spite of having so many commitments.  His managerial skills, time management and prioritising, enable Dr Cuthbertson to fit more into his life than most and he stands out from others in his choice to spend a large proportion of his life in the service of the Wirral community and the cause of palliative care.

Please join us in proudly congratulating a man who has made a huge difference to our Hospice’s work, and will continue to do so for many more years we’re sure!


One of our patients, John, has started a humourous personal blog about his stage 4 cancer.

wirral_hospice_john_roberts_patient_blogJohn was diagnosed with stage 4 non-small cell lung cancer in September 2012 and after being referred by his GP started coming to Wirral Hospice St John’s as a regular outpatient back in December.

In John’s blog, he shares his personal experience of being diagnosed and the subsequent treatment he’s undergone to manage the disease. Or Horace as he calls the ‘little bugger’.

As with all of our patients, we wish John continued strength and we will do all that we can to provide the medical support and nursing care that is needed to help manage his illness.

Find out more about how our Hospice can help care for patients. We also have a 24hr advice and information line that can be called by patients, families and carers: 0151 482 8988.

Since posting this blog, John’s wife has also started her own blog. Well worth a read too!

Meet the team: Kerry, #Fundraising Co-ordinator for the #Hospice

wirral_hospice_kerryKerry joined our fundraising team at Wirral Hospice St John’s back in Nov 2011. She initially started out by providing general administrative support to our whole team but within a very short space of time she became an integral part of our events and community fundraising programme so these days most of her time is spent working alongside Hayley, our Events Manager,  to support all the various fundraising events and activities that people get involved with to support our work.

Kerry says: “It’s always interesting and I love working directly with our supporters out in the community. Each day is different; one day we can be planning for a dog walk, the next a skydive, the next a coffee morning, a family fun run or a talk at a local school.

Although I thought I knew what the Hospice did, it was only when I joined that I really started to properly understand how important it is to look after people who are very ill and need the specialist nursing care and pain management that our Hospice provides.

When I meet patients and their families it really inspires me in my work to help raise as much money as possible for our Hospice’s work. I love what I do and feel so privileged to be part of such a dynamic and creative local charity.”

We have all kinds of fundraising events coming up over the next few months, details are on our website or you can call Hayley or Kerry on 0151 343 0778 to find out what’s on. Similarly, if you’re interested in organising an event for the Hospice, please call the same number.

As part of her continually developing role within the fundraising team, Kerry is also taking over responsibility for uploading new blog posts and keeping our facebook and twitter accounts updated with the latest information. So you will see and hear a lot more of Kerry from now on!

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