HOSPICE patients are set to benefit from a host of services provided from a new £580,000 building.
The Mail was given a sneak peak inside Hartlepool & District Hospice’s new Holistic Wellbeing Centre.
The purpose-built building will allow out-patients to access a host of day, therapy and counselling services separate from the main hospice unit in Wells Avenue, Hartlepool.
Patients and their families can relax in a large family room where they can watch movies on a 52-inch plasma TV, take part in crafts and get their hair done.
Complementary therapies such as reiki and massage will also be provided to patients from a dedicated room.
And users can relax in a a beautiful sonsory garden surrounding the centre.
Sandra Britten, hospital deputy chief executive said: “This will allow the area previously occupied by in patient services in the hospice building to be converted to respite rooms.
“Hopefully, by the end of September we will have an additional six respite bedrooms from two currently.
“What’s nice about this facility is it’s purpose built for out patient services , it’s got a fantastic sensory garden all around the building, which the patients can interact with, so hopefully our patients are going to enjoy visiting the facility and using the services that we can offer.”
The centre was funded mainly from a £510,000 Department of Health Grant as part of a £60m pot to improve hospice evnironments.
The building has been overseen by Hartlepool firm Gus Robinson Developments while Sweet Ps Garden Centre donated a lot of items for the sensory garden.
Hospice chiefs hope to generate money by opening up the new buidling for hire to the comminty on nights and at weekends.
Tracy Woodall, hospice chief executive, added: “We are really excited to have the new Holistic Wellbeing Centre which, alongside supporting the work of the hospice, will also provide opportunities for the community to access social activities to prevent isolation and lonliness.”
The public can take a look around the centre during an open day from 11am-4pm on Saturday.
Staff wil be on hand to show visitors around. Refreshments will be available from the hospice bistro and there will be a tombola with prizes including free complementary therapy treatments.
The centre will officially open to patients from Monday, June 9.