St Peter’s Hospice rightly enjoys an excellent reputation for the quality of care it gives to our patients and their families and carers. This reputation has been hard earned over some 40 years by the efforts of numerous staff and volunteers. St Peter’s has always put the interests of its patients first and has constantly strived to improve its services as their needs have changed and developed over the years.
We have for some years had an ambition to modernise our Inpatient Unit in order to meet the 21st century needs and expectations of our patients and families. We want to maintain the highest quality care for those who are admitted to the unit and to do this we need to redesign and rebuild the ward to provide them with the environment we would all want for our loved ones.
Carrying out significant building works around a functioning Inpatient Unit (IPU) is not viable, so a key aspect of the project has been to find a temporary alternative site for the IPU for the period of the build. Several options were explored but none proved feasible until the opportunity to lease space at St Monica Trust’s new development at Keynsham became available. This is a ‘now or never’ offer by St Monica Trust which we must seize. Through the generosity of our donors over many years combined with good financial management, we are able to fund a significant element of the £6.53m project from our reserves, but to complete it we must raise £2.53m by October 2018 when the new Inpatient Unit will open. This represents outstanding value and delivers what patients need in a short timeframe.
I hope you will want to help us to achieve our ambition to provide the very best we can for those in our community who need specialist palliative care, by contributing to the St Peter’s Hospice ‘Room to Care Appeal’.
Simon Caraffi MBE
Chief Executive, St Peter's Hospice
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