The Countess of Brecknock Hospice provides palliative and end of life care to adults suffering from life-limiting illness who live in Andover, Stockbridge and its surrounding villages, together with comfort and support for their families, friends and carers.
In October 1988 The Countess of Brecknock, together with Dame Mary Fagan and Dr Marjorie Williams, launched an appeal to build a four-bedded hospice within the grounds of the Andover War Memorial Hospital and fund the unit for the first five years. The Foundation Stone was laid by the Duchess of Kent in May 1989 and the Hospice building was completed in August 1990 with the first patients admitted on 17 September 1990. Sadly, Lady Brecknock died in August 1989 and did not see her dream become a reality.
It was soon proved that the four inpatient beds were not sufficient and an extra two beds were added in the four-bedded room, which was not ideal. In 1998, an independent charity, the Countess of Brecknock Hospice Trust, was created to support the work of the hospice. The charitable trust raised the funds to add an extra wing to the building as well as a refurbishment in 2007. In 2017, an appeal to raise £4.2 million to build a much-needed new hospice was launched.
The new Hospice – Brecknock House, opened in April 2020. It provides 10 patient bedrooms with their own ensuite and ‘Cuddle Bed’ which can be extended to accommodate a partner, family member or bariatric patient. We are the only hospice in the UK which has all our bedrooms equipped with these beds. There are open plan public areas, a family room for relatives to use, treatment and therapy rooms, quiet room, improved reception areas. Our Day care has also been enlarged and enhanced.
The Hospice is managed and run by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT). It is supported by an independent charity, the Countess of Brecknock Hospice Trust, created in 1998 to financially support the work of the hospice.
All care is provided completely free of charge and the Hospice Charity is hugely reliant on voluntary donations and the generosity of our local community to ensure the Hospice can maintain the high level of services and care it provides.