Trustees play a vital role at St Helena, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about our work. Dr David Milne is one of our long-standing trustees and he brings his experience and knowledge to the board for the benefit of our patients and their families.
"I trained at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and Cicely Saunders [the founder of the modern hospice movement] came to speak to the medical students, so I had been aware of the hospice movement and hospice care as a concept from my student days.
In 1987 I came to the Hospice on a two week attachment as part of my training as a GP registrar with Dr Elizabeth Hall [one of our founders and our first medical director]. She taught me the principles of hospice-based care and palliative care as it was 30 years ago, and that inspired a lifelong interest in holistic care for people with illnesses that don’t have an immediate cure.
Then in the mid-1990s, Christopher Holmes [former chairman] and Liz Hall invited me to join the Board of Trustees and I’ve been a member ever since, just under 25 years. I know there’s a tendency these days to say that’s too long to be a trustee of any organisation but I think there are great values in perspective and memory. I’ve been part of it for so long, I remember the way it was when it was founded and the aspirations of the founders.
I’m retired from full time GP practice, although I continue to practice to a limited extent and I’m involved in community cardiology and I’m chairman of the local GP company, which was formed by most of the practices locally, so I stay in touch with a lot of the GP politics and the NHS politics. One of the functions I’ve discharged over the years is to advise the Board about what’s happening in the local NHS economy that may impact on the Hospice.
I’ve seen a lot of changes and things develop and grow over the years. The Hospice has changed and moved on and adapted. Change is inevitable and I think we have to embrace change.
I think hospices have had an important role in educating healthcare providers, whether they be doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants or carers, in the principles of holistic care in the last days of life. I’ve been privileged to be involved in looking after a lot of people at home in the last days of life, a role which as a GP has provided a real sense of fulfilment in the completeness of the care of people.
I like being associated with an organisation which is committed to excellence. I like being associated with an organisation which is patient-centred and wants the very best for patient care."
To contact the St Helena Fundraising team, please telephone 01206 931 468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org , Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.
24 hour advice: SinglePoint 01206 890 360
SinglePoint is a 24/7 advice and support helpline which helps to coordinate an individual’s care with the hospice. SinglePoint also works alongside other healthcare services such as GPs, Community Nurses or Specialists.
To contact a patient at The Hospice please find the address and telephone number below. Phone calls can be made to patients at any time of the day or week. You can contact Inpatient Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Hospice, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, C04 9JU
Telephone: 01206 845 566
You can contact The Hospice in the Home Team Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:
Telephone: 01206 845 566
Tendring community team
Telephone: 01255 221 222
You can contact the Joan Tomkins Centre (Colchester) Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on:
Telephone: 01206 848 163
Fax: 01206 752 245
You can contact the St Helena Tendring Centre (Clacton) Monday to Friday, between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01255 221 222
Tendring Centre Postcode for Sat Navs: CO15 1EU
The HR Team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466
To contact the St Helena Finance Team please telephone 01206 931 450 Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm
The Volunteer Services team can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm on 01206 931 466
For all media enquiries between 9.00am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, please phone the Marketing and Communications team directly on 01206 931 464
If you, or a member of your family has a life-limiting illness and would like to discuss whether St Helena care services can help, you can contact the SinglePoint telephone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 01206 890 360
To contact the St Helena Bereavement Support team please telephone the bereavement helpline: 01206 984 274, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 5.00pm
The Learning and Development Centre is open Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm and can be contacted on 01206 851 560
For more information on the St Helena Service User Group please contact Chair, Ken Aldred on 01206 751 397
To contact the Lottery team please call 0800 285 1390 or visit the website here, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
If you would like to write to or visit the Lottery team, the address is: Your Hospice Lottery Office Unit 6 The Atrium, Phoenix Square, Wyncolls Road, Colchester CO4 9AS.
Feedback, comments and complaints about St Helena care and support services may be made verbally or in writing to: Director of Care, St Helena, Myland Hall, Barncroft Close, Highwoods, Colchester, CO4 9JU. To speak to a member of our team, call 01206 845 566