A new hospice for Cambridgeshire

A new hospice for Cambridgeshire

November 2016 marks a milestone in the history of the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity with the opening of a brand new £10.5M hospice for Cambridgeshire patients at Shelford Bottom, near Cambridge.

The state-of-the-art facility has been built to accommodate 23 in-patients plus patients visiting for day therapy and it will also offer some much-needed accommodation for family members. The new facilities will allow the charity to treat and support almost twice as many patients as was possible in their former home on Mill Road in the heart of the city. 

The Evelyn Trust is proud to be one of the major donors to the project and has funded what is now to be named the Evelyn Trust Day Therapy Centre. This therapy centre will provide multi-disciplinary treatment and support for patients and will have a multi-disciplinary staff of doctors, palliative nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, etc. The staff will be able to respond to the full range of patients’ physical and emotional needs and give them opportunities to talk about their feelings or ask questions in a relaxing and therapeutic space.  

The Evelyn Trust Day Therapy Centre will offer increased capacity for day therapy, with a creative therapies zone, a break-out room for a range of activities and a clinic room for private conversations. The additional space will make it easier for the team to look after more patients with neurological diseases who have high nursing needs. 

Day therapy at the hospice will offer patients with long-term and life-limiting conditions a twelve or six week individually-tailored programme, designed to help them to achieve personal goals within a supportive environment. With the support of the expert team, individuals can choose art activities; massage or complementary therapy; or everyday problem solving, such as gardening. Occupational therapists will be on hand to help patients with techniques to manage stress and anxieties, plus physiotherapists will work with individuals to manage issues such as breathlessness. There will also be opportunities for spiritual reflection, or end-of-life planning.

Dr Lynn Morgan, Chief Executive of the Arthur Rank Hospice, explains the rationale behind the development of a new hospice.

“We were based at Mill Road for 33 years and the facilities there needed expansion and improvement, but there was simply no space at that location. Our new hospice has been an enormous investment which would not have been possible without many generous donations and we are still working to raise a further £2M to meet our costs. The purpose-built hospice will mean we can care for more patients, accommodate family members in comfortable rooms and offer day therapy in the best possible environment. We will be sad to leave Mill Road in many ways, but the building will still accommodate vital healthcare services for local families as space for an expansion of children’s services.”

To find out more about the new Arthur Rank Hospice visit www.arhc.org.uk


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