After four years of planning, work has started on the new extension. The first turf was cut on Friday 21st September by Sarah McGaughey, Clinical Matron and Michele Gard, Hospice Charitable Trust Director. They were joined by Hospice staff and volunteers, day care patients; Hospice Trust trustees Rear Admiral Iain Henderson and Mr Bruce Parker; and Mr Mark Vincent, Director of Amiri Construction who are building the new extension.
Trust Director, Michele Gard, said, “It is really exciting that work is starting on our new extension. We are so grateful for all the support and donations we have received from individuals, business and organisations. The response has been amazing.”
Dr Lara Alloway, medical director at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted that work has begun. We are looking forward to continuing to work with our partners at the Countess of Brecknock Hospice Trust to provide outstanding end of life care for the community in Andover. A huge amount of work has been involved in getting to this stage and I want to thank everyone who has been a part of that, whether through fundraising or behind the scenes.”
The new extension will provide 10 new single ensuite Inpatient Rooms; multi-use Treatment Room; improved and enlarged Day Care Centre; assisted bathrooms; new Relatives Room, Quiet Room and a new entrance/reception area with stairs and lift leading down to the inpatient wings. It will take just over a year to complete the building works and it is hoped the new extension will open in late 2019.