A health and wellbeing centre will be built at St Andrew’s Hospice in Grimsby providing even better facilities for patients and the public.
The second phase of a £6.5 million redevelopment at the Peaks Lane site will go ahead, it has been confirmed.
The spa-like centre will include space for complementary therapies, lymphoedema services, aquatic physiotherapy and exercise studio/gym, as well as hair and beauty facilities.
The space will be available to patients, families and carers.
The first phase to reconstruct the adult hospice is well underway and is on track for completion at the end of this year.
This will increase the number of adult inpatient beds, all with en-suite facilities, by 50 percent, from eight to 12, and improve accommodation for parents of children who use the hospice.
A special room is also being created where the children rest prior to their funeral and this will be incorporated into the refurbished Butterfly Suite, where families can stay at the hospice and spend time with the whole family, giving the opportunity to say their good byes in a homely environment.
It will also provide two transition beds for young adults, as well as a hub which will be open to the general public and enable the hospice to provide more flexible services for patients and their families.
The new building will become a centre of excellence for all palliative care services, information and support.
All relevant professionals will be based at the new hospice to facilitate multi-agency working and to ensure the patients experience is as seamless as possible.
The local community will also be welcome to use a range of public facilities, access information and support. There are also plans for more pop up restaurant evenings as well as other entertainment.
The Building on Care campaign was launched in April to ask for the public’s help in raising £2.5 million of the overall total, £4 million of which has been funded by the hospice.
It costs £3.7 million a year to cover running costs alone and only 12 percent of this comes from statutory funding.
Care is free, so the hospice relies on volunteers and donations.
“The Building On Care appeal is going well but there is still a long way to go,” said Alison Carlisle, the hospice’s chief executive.
“However, we are confident in the generosity of the people of Lincolnshire.
“Phase one will provide additional adult bedrooms, more consulting rooms and a community area.
“This means day patients and their families have more flexibility about when they come to the hospice and the way in which their care is delivered.
“We will also be able to provide more flexible care to suit the age and needs of each individual whatever their diagnosis.
“Part of this will see a transition service from children’s to adult services developed. Two adolescent rooms will ease the process for the young patient who, used to the children’s hospice, could find an adult environment daunting.
“Phase two will establish a health and wellbeing centre, which will provide more space to offer patients and carers with treatment rooms a resistance pool, and exercise and physiotherapy space in a spa-like environment.”
St Andrew’s Hospice looks after 1,000 adult patients and their families in North East Lincolnshire alone each year, and more than 100 children in the wider region.
“We are appealing to the public, businesses and organisations to help us reach our target – and ensure we continue to provide the very best hospice services and facilities available anywhere in the country for years to come,” added Alison.
For more information about the Building On Care campaign and ways you can help, visit www.standrewshospice.com