- Wouldn’t it be more cost effective to refurbish on the current site?
The current site is at maximum occupancy. In recent years there has been a significant growth in our services with a corresponding increase in the number of staff and volunteers on site. Our current building is nearly 30 years old and the infrastructure will need to be completely replaced in the next couple of years. Staff are suffering the effects of working in a building which is long outgrown and the quality and levels of care they provide are now under threat. The growing demand for our services are constrained by the limitations of a building in urgent need of modernisation.
Expanding and redeveloping the existing site was shown to be an unacceptable option in terms of costs and good stewardship of funds.
- How much will it cost to build?
We anticipate that it will cost at least £15.5 million.
- Why have you chosen to build the new Hospice in Bosham?
Over the past two years the Trustees and Management Team have closely examined the options to address our requirements for space and accommodation. As part of the process, extensive professional research identified five potential relocation sites to determine if they might be fit-for-purpose and affordable, four of which proved unsuitable for our requirements. As well as being the most cost-effective solution, a new Hospice at Bosham was concluded to be the only site that meets our needs. We will continue to deliver all of our existing services out in the community in people's own homes.
- What about patients who live further afield such as in Bognor Regis, Selsey or Arundel?
Regardless of where the main Hospice building is situated, the teams will continue to deliver tailored care and support throughout the local community and, whenever possible, in people’s own homes, in hospital and in residential and care home settings.
Transport links to the new site are excellent. The south coast bus stop is just 2 minutes' walk at the top of Walton Lane and the local Bosham train station too is within easy walking distance. Volunteer transport will continue to be provided for those who cannot access trains or buses.
With the ever increasing expansion of our care in the community, and to support the growing demand for this aspect of our work, the Hospice is also exploring the potential for a pilot ‘drop in’ centre and base in the Bognor area. This service will be monitored and evaluated before any decision is made to make this a permanent facility.
- Why will there only be four additional Inpatient rooms?
We anticipate that continuing growth of care in the community will mitigate the need for Inpatient Unit expansion beyond the 18 rooms that will be built on the new site. For the last two years, over 50% of our patients have been cared for in their own, residential or nursing care homes.
However, within our designs we have also provided a contingency option of building a further two inpatient rooms in the future, if required.
It is important to note that the new Hospice building will accommodate the need for more space on site to deliver our expanding Palliative Day Services (Outpatient Services) and it will also enable our community care teams to expand as more people choose to be cared for and die in their own homes, residential and nursing care homes across the catchment.
- How can you ensure that the new building will retain the “homely” atmosphere of the existing St Wilfrid’s building that is well-known and loved?
The feel of the current Hospice is one of our greatest assets and it is of the utmost importance to us that we preserve the warm, intimate feel of our current site.
The Board is determined to create a building which has a homely, welcoming and comfortable environment for everyone that enters.
Key representatives of St Wilfrid’s have visited a number of other hospices that have recently undertaken new-build capital projects to get ideas about how the new St Wilfrid’s building should look, feel and function and, importantly, how it should not. New spaces will be designed to promote privacy and dignity, as well as collaborative teamwork. The architect’s designs for the new building echo the typical features, materials and architecture of farm buildings in West Sussex and, as such, will sit sensitively within the surrounding landscape.
- How can you ensure that there will be enough parking spaces?
A review of parking spaces - and their usage - has been undertaken at the current site in order to help achieve optimal provision and usage of parking spaces on the new site. Current plans indicate 84 parking spaces will be available, a 61% increase on the number available at the current site. The WSCC Local Highways Authority has approved our proposals.
The Hospice team will also be working alongside planning authorities to develop the Hospice transport plans so that we can promote sustainability through the use of alternative forms of travel (where practicable for staff, volunteers and visitors); primarily through the use of public transport, walking and cycling.
- How will Day Hospice patients get to the new Hospice if they cannot drive?
The Hospice already provides transport services to those patients who cannot get to the current site without support. These services will continue to be provided at the new site in order to ensure that patients living throughout our catchment area will be able to gain access to our clinical services.
- How will you ensure that staff and volunteers are able to get to the new site?
The new site is less than 4 miles from the present one. We will ensure that we talk to our staff and volunteers in the coming months, so that we can address any difficulties that anyone may have with the new location.
- Will it cost more to run a larger Hospice building?
No. This attractive and peaceful setting will give the Hospice the facilities to meet the increased needs we know exist in the community we serve and provides the right long-term solution to deliver our much needed and valued services. The site also represents excellent value for money. A strong Business Plan, that addresses the implications and sustainability of operating out of a new building, underpins the financial projections for the next five years.
Larger buildings can be more expensive to run, but we are aiming for a BREEAM (a design and assessment method for sustainable buildings) rating of ‘very good’ and the new, purpose-built Hospice will benefit from high performance insulation and other energy efficiencies, so running costs will actually be very similar to the current Hospice.
If we stayed where we are, the current St Wilfrid’s Hospice building would require an extensive and costly schedule of works to be undertaken over the next 10-year period. It is important to note that - even with those works undertaken – that the refurbished building would not be able to achieve the efficiencies of a new build and, as a result, would have higher running costs in the long term.
- What will happen to the existing St Wilfrid's site in Donnington?
In November 2015 planning permission was granted for the current site to be turned into housing. However, when the site is put up for sale, residential use is only one of the potential options. It may well be that the existing building it could be re-used for other purposes.
The Board of Trustees will seek to ensure that the maximum amount can be achieved by the sale of the current site. We are able to purchase the land in Bosham from existing funds so our current site will not be sold until towards the end of 2018 when the new Hospice is scheduled for completion.
We are mindful of the need to recognise everything that has been achieved on the site since the Hospice first opened in 1987, and will ensure that support and consideration of the past is taken at every step in the process.
- How will you raise the money?
The Board of Trustees is committed to ensuring that the Hospice continues to develop and enhance the provision of its high quality specialist palliative and end of life care services. As such, the Board has agreed to designate over half the cost from Hospice reserves, which they have steadily built up specifically for this purpose.
Raising the remainder is going to be a challenge and we will need the support of the whole community – just as we did 30 years ago when we founded St Wilfrid's Hospice. The fundraising campaign will look to philanthropists, trusts, foundations, the local community and all those whose lives have been helped or touched by the wonderful services provided by the Hospice.
- When will the new Hospice open?
Funding permitting, we hope to start construction in 2017 - our 30th Anniversary year - and open the doors to our first patient in January 2019.
- Who should I make a donation cheque payable to?
Please make cheques payable to St Wilfrid's Hospice. If you would like this to go to the DREAMBUILDING project, please attach a note specifying this.