The countdown is on to the completion of the brand new Thorpe Hall Hospice building.
The contractors are now putting the finishing touches to the single-storey building which represents the future of palliative care for the region.
The sedum roof is turning green as the low-growing plants shoot in the spring sunshine; the gardens are being landscaped and the rooms are being decorated.
The completion of the new 20 bed inpatient unit is the final phase in a £6 million project to provide the region with a state-of-the-art hospice able to provide incredible care for generations to come.
A series of open days will be held in June giving everyone who has supported the hospice the opportunity to see what they have helped create.
Thorpe Hall Hospice in Longthorpe, Peterborough, first opened 24 years ago in a 17th century mansion house. Staff have been forced to work around the limitations of the grade 1 listed building ever since. Now it is just weeks before patients are welcomed into a purpose-designed building where the environment will match the care.
The move will mark an end to shared bedrooms and bathrooms, wobbly floors, limited garden access, winding staircases and out of date fittings. Instead patients will be cared for in private rooms with en suites, direct access to new courtyard gardens – even when they can’t get out of bed, and modern communications including wifi and Skype so they can keep in touch with family and friends.
The medical team at Thorpe Hall was involved in designing the building and are looking forward to working in the new space.
Allison Mann is the head of clinical services. She said: “A lot of thought has gone into the new building to make sure it feels like a home from home for patients but also so that it allows us as a team to work as efficiently as possible. For instance, in each room there will be a locked medication cupboard so a patients’ medication is immediately available. That means we can administer medication as its needed without having to go up and down stairs as we currently do. That, in turn, gives us more time to spend caring for our patients and their families.
“We are now looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible to Thorpe Hall in June so we can show off our new hospice. This is a new era for Thorpe Hall and for the region and we want everyone to be a part of it.”
Open days and evenings are being held as follows:
Thursday 11 June 5pm to 8pm
Saturday 20 June 10am to 4pm
Sunday 21 June 10am to 4pm
Tuesday 16 June 5pm to 8pm
Please drop in – the Coffee Shop will be open for refreshments, there will be tours of the new hospice and a treasure hunt for the children.
The Thorpe Hall Capital Appeal is running until the end of June and the Appeal total hasn’t been reached yet. There is now £4.02 million in the bank and the fundraising team are busy with a final push for funds.
There are events to get involved in – you can sign a team up to the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival or pledge to bike the Tour of Cambridgeshire. You can hold your own event, sponsor someone to undertake a challenge or simply give a donation on the website www.thorpehall.org