The hospice will provide modern facilities to meet the growing and changing needs of 21st century care and will replace an existing facility in the city.
It will have 18 en-suite rooms, which will be over 9m² larger than the current rooms, with piped oxygen available in each. This will provide additional space for nurses to provide better care and for visiting family and friends.
Improved family facilities will include a coffee shop, five lounge areas, two quiet rooms and a dedicated shower room for visitors. There will be a larger day hospice, dedicated art therapy room and access to more private meeting and treatment rooms.
Kier Construction Southern Operations Director Trevor White, said: “We’re delighted to be working with St.Wilfrid’s Hospice to provide the local community with high quality care facilities. Kier has extensive experience in the delivery of acute, mental health and primary care facilities, and our extensive regional network enables us to provide nationwide, local coverage.
“We will work closely with the hospice to ensure the new design meets the needs of staff, patients, families and the local community.”
Chief Executive for St.Wilfrid’s Hospice, Alison Moorey, said: “The current hospice has served the local community for the last 30 years, however we have now outgrown our much-loved site in Donnington. The new hospice will give the local community high quality services and skills to deliver the very best end-of-life care for patients and their loved ones for the next 30 years and beyond. We look forward to working with Kier with their experience in delivering projects in the health sector.”
The new steel-framed hospice is due for completion late 2018 with over half the money for the scheme being pledged by St. Wilfrid’s Hospice Board of Trustees from hospice reserves.