Last year the hospice impacted the lives of over 800 local people, together with their families, friends and carers, Over recent years there has been an increase in the overall demand for palliative care services within the local community. This, compounded by changes in the needs of patients being referred for hospice care have been key factors in the decision to refurbish St Kentigern Hospice.
The equipment and facilities needed to deliver modern hospice care have revolutionised since we opened in 1995 and take up much more space. Refurbishing the hospice will allow us to stay in our current home, continue to care for the patients of the Vale of Clwyd and surrounding areas; making our Hospice fit for the future.
For 24 years St Kentigern Hospice has provided specialist palliative care for the people of North Wales. We have cared for thousands of people with life-limiting illnesses and provided support for their families and friends.
Our Day Therapy Unit
The St Kentigern Day Therapy unit is located in the oldest part of the Hospice building. While the unit has undergone improvements and redecoration over the years, the layout and in-built services available have remained largely unchanged. Approximately 340 service users in total accessed the Hospice’s Day Therapy services in the past year, which is increasing year on year and therefore the demand on space, staff and equipment is growing.
The diversity of conditions that patients arrive at the hospice with is increasing, and the complexity of their individual needs is changing. In particular the care of Dementia patients has proven challenging in the current environment, as the building was not constructed with this in mind, and facilities need updating in line with recommended care standards.
Our Inpatient Care
With major advances in the early diagnosis and treatment of life-limiting illness, patients are now living longer post-diagnosis. From consultation with patients and relatives, we have also established that, while feedback is very positive regarding the care provided, an updated unit would better accommodate the needs of more patients in a more comfortable environment.
St Kentigern’s 8-bed inpatient unit is busy with an increasing demand from people with a greater complexity of needs.As a result, we have developed a plan to refurbish its existing 8 bedrooms and reconfigure our inpatient unit to accommodate an additional 4 beds to meet the needs of patients and families today.
Our vision for the future of St Kentigern Hospice:
- 12 single rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and offering increased comfort
- All bedrooms will have space for family members to visit and will have more natural light and better access to outside garden areas
- Improved layout and state of the art equipment and facilities
- Increased energy efficiency, to reduce running costs and minimise our carbon footprint.
Bringing our facilities up to date is an essential part of improving the service we provide for the residents of North Wales and also for the staff and volunteers who work at the Hospice. A separate patient entrance will be created to allow patients to be admitted to the Hospice in privacy and dignity instead of via the main entrance which is used by staff, visitors and the general public. The existing reception area will be transformed into a modern and welcoming open-plan space. The entrance to the hospice will be enhanced with the welcome addition of a community café with 40 covers. This will be open to patients, families, visitors, volunteers, staff and the general public to relax, meet and chat. The café will provide a fantastic bridge to the community and will welcome groups through the doors of the hospice. It will be an excellent sustainable income for the hospice.
Our Fundraising and Lottery team will be accommodated in an integral office. Historically the team have worked out of a Portakabin separate to the main building. The office space within the main building will immerse the team into the hospice environment and allow greater internal communication and interaction.
Take a look at the plans for Hospice redevelopment here
We have engaged a local building contractor, Wynne Construction for the main building project which started 22nd October 2018 and is expected to last one year
Funding the project
We have been successful in raising £2.5m funds for the building works through fundraising and legacies over the last several years. We are now actively looking to raise an additional £0.5m to cover the room fit outs and furnishings of the interiors, as well as specialist disability equipment. This is through individual donations, corporate contributions and support from Trusts and Foundations.
We are very grateful of the support we receive and any contribution would be very much appreciated. if you would like to be part of creating a lasting legacy of hospice care in your local community please visit the Care Appeal Page here or contact us 01745 775415