Fisher House Brochure

Fisher House
at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Providing a “home away from home”
for military patients and their families
Fisher House
is a “home away from home”
for military patients and their families,
located within walking distance of the hospital,
officially opened on 21 June 2013 by HRH The Prince of Wales
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
“I’m very proud of the care
we provide for our injured and
sick servicemen and women here
at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Birmingham. It is wonderful to be
able to accommodate their families
in the superb facility that is Fisher
Dame Julie Moore,
Chief Executive of
University Hospitals Birmingham
NHS Foundation Trust
“We hope that having family
close by will speed up patients’
recoveries. For the families
themselves, we believe it will be
massively reassuring to know they
can be by their loved one’s bedside
within minutes.”
Colonel Kevin Beaton,
Commanding Officer for
the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
What is Fisher House?
About QEHB Charity
Fisher House is a “home away from home” for military
patients and their loved ones at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity is the
hospital’s official charity. It exists for the benefit of patients;
funding equipment, facilities and patient welfare and
research that aren’t provided as standard by the NHS. None
of the donations it receives are used to replace core NHS
What does Fisher House offer?
At Fisher House, families can stay in a supportive
environment just a short walk from their loved ones
undergoing treatment at the hospital. Each of the 18
spacious en-suite bedrooms provides a safe haven, fully
equipped with a king-sized bed, fitted wardrobes, desk and
chair and sofa bed.
We understand that families take great comfort and strength
from sharing their experiences with others in the same
situation. That is why we have put communal living at the
heart of Fisher House.
In addition to providing each family with their own private
room, facilities at the house include a family room and play
area, lounges, dining areas and laundry room. The kitchen is
always stocked with essential provisions such as tea, coffee
and bread and outside there is a private garden with space
for children to play and guest parking.
Fisher House offers patients the chance to spend time with
their loved ones away from the wards. Designed for people
of all abilities, the home is largely open plan with wide
connecting corridors and wheelchair accessible lifts.
Next door to Fisher House is the hospital’s sports and leisure
facility. The Morris Centre offers a 22 metre swimming pool,
two squash courts, multi-use games area and gym.
The charity also supports the UK’s military patients. The
Royal Centre for Defence Medicine is based at the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which is the primary receiving
treatment hospital for all injured British military personnel.
NHS and military clinical staff share skills, experience and
training to deliver the best care to operational casualties as
well as non-operational patients from around the world,
including routine military referrals. The medical care provided
at QEHB is second to none and medics from around the
world come to the hospital to learn from its experience in
dealing with military casualties.
“We are immensely proud
of what we have achieved
with Fisher House. The Queen
Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Charity has long played an
important role in supporting
military patients at the hospital
by funding rehabilitation
equipment and kitting out the
ward common room. We are
delighted that we are now able
to give the same quality of care
and support to their family
members at a difficult, emotional
and challenging time. We know
that caring for their loved ones
will make a huge difference to
how quickly our injured troops
recover. I would therefore like to
thank everyone who has given
their time, energy and funding
to Fisher House.”
Mike Hammond,
Chief Executive of
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Birmingham Charity
How you can help
The Fisher House is funded completely by charitable donations
and recognises the special sacrifices of our men and women
in the armed services, as well as the demands on family life
experienced by their loved ones.
Military patients and family members do not pay to stay at Fisher
House, regardless of their length of stay.
With Fisher House UK building completed our fundraising at
Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity turns to the ongoing running
costs for the next 30 years plus. The cost to run Fisher House is
£250,000 per annum and you can help us achieve this figure in a
variety of ways.
From running a marathon, having a cake sale to climbing Mount
Kilimanjaro and everything in between the Queen Elizabeth
Hospital Charity can help and support you in your fundraising for
Fisher House UK, just ask us and we can help and give guidance.
“I would like to send a
heartfelt thank you to all the
people who have worked so
hard to build Fisher House. The
concept is a great concept. Not
just for the practical facilities it
will provide, but for the immense
emotional support it will offer to
injured soldiers and their families
alike. To have injured personnel at
different stages of recovery using
the house will be so valuable for
those at the beginning of this
terrifying journey.”
Sophie Sinnott,
Wife of Captain Luke Sinnott
Please also consider becoming a “Friend of Fisher House” with
a £25 annual donation. Every £25 donation allows us to offer
accommodation to a family for another night.
I would like to become a Friend of Fisher House and enclose a donation of
If you are a UK taxpayer, QEHB Charity can reclaim tax on your donation if you tick this box
paid income or capital gains tax at least equal to the tax reclaimed.
Please return to:
QEHB Charity, 5th Floor Nuffield House, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham B15 2TH
Registered Charity number 1093989
[email protected]
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