Work be­gins on hos­pice re­vamp

£250,000 ex­ten­sion to re­place old con­ser­va­tory

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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