St Peter’s Hospice opens £1.5m new Inpatient Unit

December 19 2018
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St Peter's Hospice has announced its Room to Care Appeal has reached its £1.53m target, and the new 21st century state-of-the-art Inpatient Unit at Brentry has admitted its first patients.

Actress Caroline Quentin announced the success of the Room to Care Appeal at the new Inpatient Unit in her role as Appeal Patron.

Caroline said: “When we first started on this journey, it seemed like a really big ask and we knew we were doing something really important for Bristol. We asked the people of Bristol to step up and they have done that in the most extraordinary way.

“It’s very hard to describe what an exceptional piece of work this is. I want to say a special thank you to the staff, the nurses, the doctors, the consultants and the patients who I come to see and spend my time with for being here today.

“And thank you for all the help from your wonderful local newspapers, and the great support from communities and businesses. And I want to say welcome home!”

Caroline was joined by nurses, patients and relatives, alongside Chief Executive Simon Caraffi and Director of Patient Care Chris Benson to make the announcement.

The new Inpatient Unit allows the Hospice to provide local people with the very best palliative care to the highest professional standards within an environment of, comfort, compassion and respect for the next 20 years.

The excellent nursing service is now mirrored in the building. Great thought has gone into the interior design following consultation with the medical team and volunteers to get it right for patients and staff. 

Inpatient Unit Services Manager, Rachel Townsley has overseen the move from the old unit to the temporary home in Keynsham. She is delighted to finally be in place in the new unit: “It has a feeling of space with the large windows and its very light,” she said.

“All the rooms now have individual bedrooms with ensuite facilities and windows that open out giving access to the garden. Many rooms have overhead hoists built in, they all have brand new beds and mattresses, special multifunctioning chairs in the bathroom so that patients can sit, and a sofa bed for families to stay on.“

“It’s wonderful to be able to see all the hard work that’s gone on by many people in this organisation come to fruition. The hospice is a place where people have symptoms reviewed to ensure that people are living their lives and are in control of what is happening to them. We do have patients who come in and deteriorate but we have others who are given a package of support, symptom control, advice and guidance to ensure that people are living their lives as long as they are here with us.” 

The rebuild of the Inpatient Unit has taken just over a year and would have been impossible without the support of the people of Bishopston, Redland and St Andrews and the surrounding areas. The Room to Care Appeal, launched in October 2017, raised the final £1.53 million needed to fund the new unit, with individuals, businesses and organisations across the city wholeheartedly backing the appeal.     

St Peter’s Hospice Chief Executive, Simon Caraffi said: “It is the people of Bristol who have made this happen. With this fantastic help we now have a superb building and a 21st century hospice for Bristol. Not a penny spent on this project has come from statutory funds. Every pound, every penny donated has come from our supporters: from people organising fundraising events to support from fundraising trusts. Bristol should be proud of itself. We have achieved what we set out to achieve and we’ve done it together.

“It’s hard to believe that we set out on this project just a few years ago and it is now a reality. To have built this in just a year is a major achievement by everyone involved. We have tried to balance a warm, welcoming and calm environment with the highest clinical standards. As a charity we put forward a compelling case for a new Inpatient Unit, and the people of Bristol responded to that – in the most wonderful way.”

The hospice has a special message to Bishopston Voice readers: “Thank you to each and every one of you who has raised funds to build our new Inpatient Unit for Bristol. We are so grateful for the generosity of the individuals, groups and companies who have chosen to support us in the last year. Whatever sum you raised or donated, every penny has made a difference to the quality of patient care we can now provide to the people of Bristol and surrounding areas for many years to come.”