Why a new Hospice?

We have outgrown our much-loved site in Donnington. Demand for services increase annually and the needs of patients are changing. Family members, who are often the main carers, also require access to greater levels of support.

To meet these growing and changing needs now and in the future we need to create a new home for St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Inpatient Unit

The current challenge

Currently our 14 bedrooms are too small and can become cluttered quickly, putting patients at greater risk of falls. There is not enough space to comfortably navigate a wheelchair, a commode or to install a put-up bed when loved ones stay overnight, limiting them to sleeping in a recliner chair. The lack of space also heightens the risk of back injury to nurses with greater twisting and stretching required. The rooms are not fully en-suite nor do they have a readily available supply of pumped oxygen. The rooms and the facilities in them could be vastly improved.

Our solution

Your new Hospice will have 18 fully en-suite rooms with a shower in every room, which will allow for assisted washing and care even for wheelchair bound patients. The rooms will be much larger, 278 sq foot  in comparison to 150 sq foot, allowing nurses to provide better care without risk of injury. The increased space will enable family and friends to make the most of every moment with their loved one, staying over if they wish. Two of these rooms will be larger still, to enable families with children to stay overnight. Every room will have pumped oxygen, available when needed.

Family facilities

The current challenge

While every effort is made to ensure our current site is warm, welcoming and feels as much like home as possible, our family facilities are limited to the use of a small kitchen and two small open-plan seating areas on the ward.

Our solution

Your new Hospice will have its own coffee shop as well as five snug/lounge areas and two quiet rooms; providing dedicated space to have a private conversation, to meet with a grieving family or for patients and their loved ones to gather and mark a special occasion like a birthday or anniversary. There will also be a dedicated shower room for visitors to use.

Community services

The current challenge

Currently our two community nursing teams work from separate offices. These offices are too small to accommodate the number of nurses needed to deliver care in the community. They desperately need more space, better space which enables these two teams to work more closely and ensure patients receive the most cohesive care possible.

Our solution

Your new Hospice will enable these two teams to work side by side, developing closer working relationships and improving lines of communication, which will ensure a more joined-up transfer of information and continuity of care for patients and relatives too. This will reduce administrative burdens and enable more time for delivering our tailored care.

 

Palliative Day services

The current challenge

Currently our Day Hospice is not flexible or creative enough to meet the changing needs of patients and their families. Activities like art therapy have to take place in a corridor which is freezing in winter and too hot in summer. We are unable to meet the increasing need for carer support as we do not have the appropriate space to develop services in this area. Even something as basic as not having enough toilets for all of the services operating in adjacent spaces, restricts our ability to develop our services.

Our solution

Your new Hospice will have a much larger Day Hospice, a dedicated art therapy room and access to more private meeting and treatment rooms. This will create many more useable spaces, enabling us to better meet the needs of our patients and their carers. Clinicians will have private spaces in which to meet with more patients, particularly those with more complex conditions, providing the dedicated support they need. There will also be a shed and an area of the garden specifically for Day Hospice patients to use, encouraging a wider variety of activities.

Support services

The current challenge

Currently our Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists help patients to stay as mobile as possible and maintain their independence through tailored exercise and support. This is all delivered from a very small room which acts as a gym, treatment room and office for the team of four. The demand for complementary therapies such as massage, reiki and acupuncture is growing and we are unable to meet this demand from patients, and increasingly their carers.

Our solution

Your new Hospice will have four treatment rooms and a separate fully kitted gym. This will mean we can carry out patient assessments while running a group exercise class and provide more people with the opportunity to access complementary therapies. The separate offices will create greater working efficiencies and enable patient files to be updated in a more timely manner.

Outdoor space

The current challenge

Our beautiful award winning garden is one of our most treasured assets and our team of 21 volunteer gardeners do a wonderful job of ensuring it is a place of beauty and tranquillity. However, not all of the rooms on our ward have the luxury of looking out onto the garden.

Our solution

Your new Hospice will not only have a main garden which all the bedrooms will have views out onto. There will also be a courtyard garden, which can be accessed from our Day Hospice, Chapel and staff room.