Work begins on hospice revamp
£250,000 extension to replace old conservatory
The 14 week project to extend the current facility, costing almost a quarter of a million pounds, has started at the Florence Nightingale Day Hospice in Stoke Mandeville.
Funding for the project is being provided in full by Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity (FNHC) and The Walter Hazell Charitable and Educational Trust, which is providing £100,000 towards the work.
Demolition of the day hospice conservatory signalled the start of Ground work last week. It is hoped that the new build will be completed by early March 2016.
The conservatory was used to provide a safe and sociable dining area, creative/diversional therapies, one to one psychological and spiritual support, complimentary therapies and group support.
The 25-year-old conservatory will now be replaced by a larger permanent brick structure in keeping with the rest of the building design.
In addition, the space will give the hospice the option to use either one large room or two smaller rooms. This will allow for two sessions to run at the same time and offers additional services to patients.
Commenting on the forthcoming work, FNHC chief executive Sue Jenkins said: “We’re delighted to be going ahead with the planned Day Hospice extension project.
“It’s been a three-year project in the making, and we know that once completed, the new facility will enhance the care provided and improve quality of life for our patients.”
Running in tandem with the extension project will be the refurbishment of the current facility, which is thanks to £20,000 raised from a public Home from Home appeal supported by Sir David Jason OBE.
Funds will be used for new furnishings including chairs, curtains, and décor.
Ms Jenkins added: “It’s with huge thanks to our supporters, that Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, is also able to put a further £20,000 into the refurbishment project, which will go a long way to providing a happy, relaxed, caring and homely feel for patients when coming to day hospice – so different from the experience they have when attending other clinical appointments.”
FNHC fully funds the Day Hospice service at a cost of more than £100,000 a year. Last year the team provided 2,089 patient sessions.
For more information about the work of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity visit www. fnhospice.org.uk.
Anita Dobson and patient Diane.