Fisher House is a “home away from home” for military patients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and their loved ones.
This means that when military patients are being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, their families can stay at Fisher House.
Due to the world class care carried out at QEHB, and the lessons learnt from the battlefield, servicemen and women often survive injuries today that they would have died from just a few years ago. But injuries sustained can be life-changing, and for their families, the knock at the door is something they dread.
When we speak to the families of injured servicepeople, they tell us that when they hear their loved one is injured they just want to get to Birmingham as soon as possible, without any thought about where they will stay when they get there. Fisher House is here for them: a “home away from home” within walking distance of the hospital, providing a safe space for families to adjust and recover during this difficult time.
Home away from home
Fisher House has 18 large family bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities, and disabled access throughout. There are also communal facilities to enable military patients to get out of the ward and spend time with families, friends and colleagues in a non-clinical environment.
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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is the receiving hospital for all the UK’s military patients who are injured or fall ill anywhere around the world.
Military patients are treated by both NHS and military medical staff. Over 400 serving military personnel form the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine are at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
Fisher House opened its doors in April 2013, and since opening has seen almost 1,500 people come to stay, including patients and their parents, partners and children. This adds up to more than 8,000 nights of accommodation provided for people ranging in age from one month to 94 years!
Who is supporting Fisher House?
At Fisher House both the capital build and the ongoing running costs were and are completely funded through charitable donations. Fisher House is a project owned and run by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity, with the kind and generous support of many benefactors and partners.
We do this by providing extra equipment and facilities and by funding research, all of which are over and above core NHS services. None of our donations are used to replace core NHS funding.
The charity also supports the UK’s military patients who are treated at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, which has been based in Birmingham since 2001.
We are working in partnership with Help for Heroes and US charity Fisher House Foundation, who gave £1.5m and £1.3m grants to Fisher House respectively in contribution to the total build cost of £4.2m.
Help for Heroes is also contributing £50,000 annually for ten years towards the running costs of Fisher House, which are £250,000 per year.
We are extremely grateful to the two charities, and all our fundraisers who have supported Fisher House. The QEHB Charity is responsible for the ongoing running costs of Fisher House, and we could not continue without the continuous kind and generous support of everyone involved.
Help for Heroes is continuing to fundraise for its £500,000 running costs grant. You can make a donation directly to Help for Heroes at www.helpforheroes.org.uk and request it be allocated to that grant.