Benefits for our patients
The rebuild started in January 2016 and is scheduled to be completed by late 2016. The project will allow us to provide the very best facilities for our patients, their family and friends, staff and volunteers and ensure we are able to meet the end of life care needs for the next generation.
We will be converting the two communal wards on the ground floor that were destroyed by the fire into eight single bedrooms with ensuite facilities and direct garden access, enabling all of our patients to benefit from the advantages of having their own personal space and facilities. All of our bedrooms will be refurbished, supporting our commitment that all our patients are as comfortable as they can be during their time at the Hospice.
The ground floor south-facing rooms will not only offer a more comfortable stay for our patients, but they will also increase fire safety by enabling greater opportunities to isolate any fires and evacuate the rooms in emergencies
Accessibility will also be improved for our patients and visitors by bringing together all patient services over the ground and first floors, and relocating our administrative offices to the second and third floors. This will create the additional space that we are currently lacking for patient services, such as comfortable treatment and calming counselling rooms, while providing extra space for patients and their families to spend time out of their rooms in a relaxing environment.
A number of fire safety precautions will also be installed in the building. These include the installation of a sprinkler system (this was due to be installed in September 2015) to provide immediate and isolated fire suppression. Additionally a new fire-safe lift will be installed at the front of the building to support the swift and safe evacuation of the Hospice. The lift will also provide day-to-day assistance with patient transportation and accessibility by offering improved movement throughout the building, including direct access to the gardens as well as providing greater out-of-hours security for our staff and patients.” Elaine McDonough, Head of Clinical Services
If we are in the fortunate situation of raising in excess of £1million from the Phoenix Appeal, all additional funds will be put towards the wider costs of the capital build project, the total cost of which will be in the region of £4million.