£4.2 million Appeal Launched to Extend The Countess of Brecknock Hospice

APPEAL UPDATE:

Thanks to the dedication and tenacity of our Chairman, Dame Mary Fagan, her team and the generosity of donors and supporters, we have raised an amazing £3.6 million leaving £600,000 to reach our target.  We need your help to reach our target and ensure the future of outstanding hospice care for our local community.

We hope to start building in the summer of 2018. 

There are a number of ways to make your donation:

On-Line:  Please visit JustGiving where a donation can be made via our Hospice Extension Campaign Page

By Cheque:  Please make your cheque payable to The Countess of Brecknock Hospice and send to the Hospice Appeals Office, War Memorial Hospital, Charlton Road, Andover, SP10 3LB

 

Direct Bank Transfer: Please use the following details to transfer funds directly into our campaign bank account

Bank of Scotland    Sort Code: 12-20-29   Account No: 06042371

Telephone: Please contact the Hospice Appeals Office (01264 359789) to make a payment by telephone

Thank you for your generosity, your support is greatly appreciated

Since the Hospice opened in 1990, the population of Andover and the surrounding area has significantly increased and as the population continues to grow so does the need for hospice palliative care.

Our current building has served us well for over 26 years however it no longer meets the demands of our community.  Insufficient in-patient capacity often delays admissions resulting in patients having to be admitted into an acute hospital rather than the hospice.  The Day Care Centre is operating at its maximum patient quota three days a week.  Extra space is needed to accommodate additional patients especially those suffering from more complex conditions.

With the Hospice at Home Service and the new Hospice Home Care Team both based at the hospice office space is at a premium, neither do we have enough storage space especially for the many pieces of equipment used to provide care to all our patients.

 

Three years ago a decision was made to look at the possibility of extending the Countess of Brecknock Hospice to ensure that it would meet all our future requirements and carry the service forward.

Following extensive negotiations between the Hospice Trust, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and architects Morse Webb, a substantial extension has been designed and planning permission has been granted by Test Valley Borough Council.

The new extension will seamlessly connect with the current building and will comprise of three distinct wings on the ground floor.  Within the wings there will be:

  • 10 Single en-suite In-Patient Rooms, two of which will be larger to allow for the care of bariatric patients. Fully equipped with modern facilities, each room will have a private patio area and space for a sofa bed providing overnight visitor accommodation.
  • A Relatives Room for those visiting family and friends.  A homely room with kitchen and dining facilities so that visitors can make a cup of coffee, cook a meal or enjoy a ‘take away’.
  • A Quiet Room for those seeking spiritual support. Providing an inviting and calming sanctuary where patients, visitors and staff are able to spend time in contemplation or prayer.
  • A large open plan Reception/Visitors Area with comfortable seating and direct access to the courtyards gardens.
  • A therapy room, assisted bathrooms, numerous offices, storage areas and a dedicated staff room, will be incorporated into the ground floor area

The ground floor of the present building will be enlarged to provide:

  • A purpose built multi-use Treatment Room which will be used for patients requiring physiotherapy or occupational therapy. The area will also be used for patients who attend the hospice for Day Procedures. 
  • A re-sited light and welcoming Entrance/Reception Area with stairs and lift leading down to the in-patient wings. The outside parking area will be increased to accommodate extra visitors.
  • An Improved and enlarged bright and spacious Day Care Centre where patients can enjoy companionship, therapies, activities and access to medical advice.
  • The current ground floor will be re-configured to provide additional office space, storage and enhanced patient facilities. 

Gardens and outside spaces are a vital element of hospice care and the plans include four distinct gardens areas:

  • The 10 in-patient rooms will open directly onto either the East Garden or the West Garden both of which will be completely secluded from the outside and will allow absolute privacy for patients and visitors. Created to be accessible to all these family/wheelchair friendly gardens will ensure that everyone, whatever age or ability, can enjoy these areas which will be filled with colour and interest throughout the changing seasons.
  • The private and secluded Day Centre Garden will be created with a specially designed patio area and raised beds will allow keen gardeners an opportunity to continue their hobby by growing flowers and herbs with ease.
  • The Forget-Me-Not Garden, situated on a corner of the East Wing of the ground floor, will be accessed directly from The Quiet Room or The Family Room. This garden will provide a tranquil, peaceful environment creating a serene space for remembrance, reflection, and relaxation.

And finally

  • Plans are underway to use the existing six bedded in-patient unit, currently on the on the first floor, for longer stay patients whose life expectancy is likely to be weeks to a few months. This will take the pressure off the in-patient unit as patients will not have to wait for nursing home beds and they will receive a more hospice based service during their final weeks.

 

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