Established over 35 years ago, at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice we provide incredible hospice care for people living in the North West, West and South of Leeds. We provide holistic and personalised end of life care as well as offering people and their families emotional and psychological support during what can be an extremely difficult time. The care we provide is flexible, giving people the freedom to live the life they choose, whether that is for a number of years or days.
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  • Complementary therapists

    Our complementary therapists work alongside the medical team to help ease symptoms, provide relaxation and improve quality of life  

  • Our day care centre

    Patients can attend the day care centre; keeping active and making friends  

  • Patients, families and carers

    Families are welcome 24/7. Our staff will make sure they are as comfortable as possible  

  • Compassionate care

    Our staff can help patients come to terms with what may lay ahead. Making a memory box can be healing for those left behind.  

  • Physio and occupational therapy

    We have a team of physios and occupational therapists who work from the hospice and in patients' homes  

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Wheatfields Hospice, Grove Road Headingley Leeds West Yorkshire LS6 2AE
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Call us on:

0113 278 7249

or email us with your enquiry

Our care services

We provide advice, treatment and support for our patients and their families through a range of services so that people can have choice and control over how and where they receive their care. We also provide support for GPs and nurses. We offer inpatient stays, but people can also access our day care service or receive visits in the comfort of their own home. We have 18 inpatient beds accessible 24 hours a day.

We work closely with the local commissioners, hospitals, health providers and other voluntary and charitable organisations to ensure people can access and experience the highest quality of care at the end of their lives.

Meet the team

  • Helen Ankrett

    Hospice Director

    My role is to oversee the smooth running of the hospice to enable people to receive the care they need at the right time in the right place. I feel hugely privileged to live and work in the local Leeds community and I never stop being amazed by the tremendous support we receive. Without it we wouldn’t be able to run our services. We work closely with local commissioners, health providers, other voluntary organisations and local businesses to ensure we provide the highest quality of care.

  • Clare Russell

    Head of Clinical Services

    I have worked in Leeds for over 20 years. I have spent a large part of my career working within District Nursing Services and have always had a passion for high quality patient-centred palliative care. I currently manage all the clinical services which are offered from Wheatfields Hospice which include the inpatient Unit, Day Therapy Unit, Family Support Service, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Complementary Therapy. I also manage our Training and Education Team.

  • Chris Ellis

    Head of Family Support Services

    I worked as a social worker in the hospital team for Leeds City Council before coming to work at Wheatfields in 2004. I now manage the Family Support Team which provides support to patients and their friends and families both emotionally and practically. The team is made up of three social workers, including myself, a bereavement sercices co-ordinator and a spiritual care co-ordinator. I live in the Dewsbury area and am married with two sons, four grandchildren, two great grandchildren, two lizards and a cat. I enjoy spending time with my family, walking and reading- particularly a good crime thriller!

  • Julie Marshall-Pallister

    Community Palliative Care Team Leader

    I lead a team of 10 nurses and we provide support and advice to patients and families who are living with a life limiting illness. We work closely with GPs and district nurses as well as the services on offer at the hospice to ensure patients and families are cared for in their preferred place. I love my job and feel very privileged to have the opportunity to help people at a very vulnerable time of their lives. I am married with two wonderful children, and a dog called Jelly!

  • Amy Dunmall

    Practice Educator

    I lead the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Hospice Education and Development Plan and the Education Strategy. I also manage the Education Team which consists of an Education and Development Facilitator and an Administrator. We ensure the provision of training and development to support high quality care delivery at the hospice. We also work closely with other care providers to develop their skills in caring for patients with palliative care needs, at the end of life and during bereavement.

  • Alan Anslow

    Head of Support Services

    I am responsible for all the non-clinical services at the hospice, such as catering, housekeeping and maintenance. I am a Chartered Surveyor by profession and have a Master's degree in Facilities Management. I have been with Sue Ryder since February 2009. Prior to that I have provided support services to the Ministry of Defence and National Health Service. I am married with two teenage children and live locally. I am a season ticket holder at Leeds Rhinos!

  • Lorraine Hunt

    Day Service Leader

    I have been the Day Service Leader here for five years and a nurse for over thirty years.The majority of my career has been within oncology and end of life care services. I lead a team of four paid staff and a number of volunteers, who all have a passion for delivering high quality care. We offer programmes of care based on each individual’s needs, including specialist medical and nursing care, emotional support, practical help and therapies. When I am not at work I like to spend time with my three granddaughters, who keep me on my toes. I enjoy playing my saxophone and generally listening to music.

  • Lucy Morgan

    Complementary Therapist Lead

    I lead a team of ten complementary therapists, comprising both paid and voluntary staff. Between us we offer aromatherapy, hypnotherapy, massage, reflexology and reiki. Patients and carers can have therapies at the hospice, in their own home, or at our South Leeds clinic. I relocated to Yorkshire last year and am enjoying getting to know this beautiful area.

  • Annette Edwards

    Consultant in Palliative Medicine

    I have been part of the team at Wheatfields since 2006, as medical lead to the community and day services, working alongside clinical nurse specialists and the wider team. We work closely with the patient’s primary care team, providing specialist advice and support. I also work for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust providing support for patients with motor neurone disease and palliative care advice to patients attending the myeloma clinic. I am married with three children and spend my free time with family and friends, walking, gardening and playing music.

  • Lynne Russon

    Consultant in Palliative Medicine

    I am the Medical Consultant and Medical Director leading a team of doctors within the Inpatient Unit. We work closely with the community nurses and also the Leeds Hospital Palliative Care Team. I also work for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust alongside the Renal Team, and am the regional lead for palliative care in renal failure. I am married with three children and love being outdoors!

What people say about our care

The staff were so kind and compassionate about all of our needs not just Dad's.
Dawn Boddy Father came to Wheatfields

Frequently asked questions

Q. "Do patients have to pay?"

A. "

No, we are a charity delivering free care to all our patients. We rely on the generosity of local supporters to help raise much needed funds to continue providing care to all our patients and their families or carers.


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Case Studies Profile

Mike's story

"we thought a hospice was where old people went to die – now we know it’s a place where a young man can be enabled to go to the last football match of the season!”

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Case Studies Profile

Margaret's story

"Wheatfields Hospice has given me life and now I’ve got greedy for days."

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