About Us

Our Charity

Our Charity

Our Charity

The Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth is a charity, meaning every time you visit here for treatment you are helping someone less fortunate than yourself.

Our aim is to help care for the sick, whilst putting back profits from our world-renowned organisation to fund our on-site hospice and clinics. Our key objectives are to make sure that patients receive the support and treatment they need in an environment that is safe and secure, offering the very highest standards of care to whoever seeks it.

As a charity, we must operate on a not-for-profit basis and our assets are used for charitable purposes.

We need YOUR help to continue providing the best possible care and support to our patients and their loved ones. Without the generosity and commitment of our supporters, we could not continue to care for more than 3000 patients every year in our day centre, residential unit, and in their own homes, or to support the friends and family of our patients.

The St John and St Elizabeth Charity is a registered charity in England and Wales under charity number 235822. Its corporate trustee is The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth; a registered company limited by guarantee under number 2808390 and registered charity number 1020916 in England and Wales, whose registered office is 60 Grove End Road, London NW8 9NH.

What do we do?
We are not here to generate money for shareholders; we are a professional healthcare organisation providing services for the benefit of the public. By working with other local healthcare providers such as NHS Trust Hospitals and Primary Care Trusts, we help the local community and use hospital surpluses to treat patients with life threatening illnesses, without charge in St John’s Hospice and in their own homes. The Hospital is therefore able to provide free services to the public by subsidising St John’s Hospice through the provision of clinical and non-clinical support.


How Are We A Charity?

We are a registered charity, which means we have purposes which are for the public benefit. The Charities Act 2006 recognises a number of charitable purposes, including the saving of lives. The charity's objectives are:
Charity Patients correct treatment

For patients to receive appropriate corrective and supportive treatment in an environment where patient safety and choice are of paramount importance.

Charity medical care standard

To achieve the highest possible standards of medical care, measured in terms of quality of staff, facilities, equipment and management.

Charity hospital care

To remain active in the field of acute hospital care.

Charity patients needs

To develop the concept of caring for patients' physical, spiritual and emotional needs and those of their family.


Putting Funding To Use

Although we charge fees for our services, whether through self-pay or insurance policies, any surpluses we generate are ploughed back into the following services:

St John’s Hospice
St John’s Hospice is a unique haven providing free palliative and community care to the public. The Inpatient Unit is a 19-bed residential care unit supported by a specialist team providing 24-hour care for those with terminal illnesses including HIV/AIDS, vCJD and Motor Neurone Disease. The Day Services Centre provides palliative care, complementary therapies, and a range of resources and activities.

As well as inpatients, our Hospice@Home service extends care provided into the homes of patients who want to remain in familiar and comfortable surroundings during the later stages of their illness. During the last year the team provided 13,355 hours of Hospice@Home care.

The Hospice also provides a Lymphoedema service. Treatments and services are provided at no cost to the patient.

Our Chaplain is here to offer a friendly face and a listening ear. Holy Communion is offered to those who request it and the Chaplain celebrates Mass in the Hospital Chapel on Sundays and Tuesdays and provides an “on call” service in case of emergency.

Butterworth Centre
The charity provides the Butterworth Centre, a 45 bedded unit for older persons with mental illnesses. The unit provides a home for life in a safe environment whilst ensuring the quality of life is maximised through therapeutic and recreational therapy. As with the Hospice, patients receive care and treatment free of charge.

Research & Training
The charity works in partnership with the London Chest Hospital, in running a research project into screening for heart disease.

The Hospital, as part of the NHS medical training programme, offers placements for Specialist Registrars wishing to train in palliative care and is part of the North London GP training programme. A local NHS GP Practice, St John’s Wood Medical Practice and the Primary Care Team operate from premises within the hospital, looking after over 8,000 patients.