Earl Mountbatten Hospice

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The story so far ……

1979/80 The concept of a hospice for the Isle of Wight was initiated and campaigned for by Mrs Joan McGregor and Dr Graham Thorpe, who persuaded the Isle of Wight Area Health Authority to make available the former West Wight Ward on the Fairlee Hospital site.

1982 The hospice, named Earl Mountbatten House in honour of the Island’s Governor, opened as a 9 bed unit within the National Health Service.

1983 - The Earl Mountbatten House Trust Fund formed under the Chairmanship of Dr Mark Wilks to act as custodian of funds donated by the public to support the work of the hospice.
The Friends of Earl Mountbatten House set up to raise funds and provide volunteer assistance.

1985 Establishment of a Joint Appeal Committee, under Chairmanship of Mrs Angela Clarke, to provide a Day Unit and additional Macmillan Nurse post.

1989 - New Day Unit opened by HRH the Duchess of Kent.
Appointment of Dr Nick Cole as first Consultant in Palliative Care.
The Friends of EMH merged with the Trust Fund.

1990 Negotiations opened for the transfer of management of EMH from the Isle of Wight Community Health Care Trust to the EMH Trust Fund with ongoing NHS funding.

1992 - Patients transferred for 6 months to Frank James Hospital, East Cowes, while north wing added to the original ward, providing 5 extra beds.
Transfer of management from the NHS to the Charitable Trust, now known simply as Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
First Walk the Wight, which has grown to be the pre-eminent fundraising event of its kind in the country.

1999 First extension to Day Unit opened by HRH the Prince of Wales.

2003 EMH launches its own Hospice @ Home service.

2006 - EMH takes over from the PCT management of the Macmillan and Marie Curie nurses, thus coming close to achieving our vision of a one-stop integrated End of Life Care service.
New 17 bed ward opened by HRH the Earl of Wessex.
Conversion of old ward to provide greatly enhanced Day and Out patient facilities.

2007 - Dedicated POSSUM room for MND patients by Sarah Ferguson.
Lord Dazi’s review of NHS strategy promises exciting opportunities for development of palliative care.