St Andrew's Hospice expansion plans get green light
AMBITIOUS plans to expand St Andrew's Hospice have been given the go-ahead.
The £2.2-million development includes increasing the number of adult beds, creating more outdoor space and building a "community health portal" – an area for patients and families to get support and health information.
Staff say the approval by North East Lincolnshire Council planning officers is "recognition" of how vital the Peaks Lane care service is to an aging population and are excited to get started.
Head of fundraising and marketing Jane Whenham-White said: "The hospice originally cared for a limited number of patients. Over the years we started to care for a wider range of illnesses. At the same time, we have an aging population and more people have the need for these services.
"This is recognition of the high esteem in which the hospice is held, which is largely down to the community's support."
Designed by Cleethorpes firm, Hodson Architects, it is the first of four major development phases scheduled over the next few years.
The first phase will provide room for four more adult bedrooms, bringing the total to 12, all with en-suites.
Outdoor courtyards will be positioned to bring natural light into the hospice, which was originally Courtaulds Working Men's Club 18 years ago.
Phase two concentrates on building more treatment rooms, phase three could see a new unit for palliative care for patients who also have dementia, and phase four will increase the number of adult beds to 16.
The Department of Health is currently reviewing the hospice's bid for funding, made in November. However, the hospice has some funds put aside and will continue to fundraise to help meet the cost.
Chief executive Alison Carlisle said: "It is very exciting. This is going to make it even better for our patients and their families.
"We want it to have a hotel feel, with homely touches like tea and coffee making facilities. It will mean our families and patients can be more independent but with the support there from the hospice."
The hospice will be seeking the views of patients, staff, volunteers and the public.
They hope work will be completed in 18 months.