In-Patient Unit Refurbishment Project

The £1.1m refurbishment of ACCORD Hospice In Patient Unit is opened

It is not always possible for people to be cared for at home and hospice inpatient beds are vital for people who require intensive support for complex needs, or for those individuals who wish their end of life care at ACCORD. In 2018, ACCORD Hospice re-opened the doors to patients and families after 25 weeks with the £1.1m refurbishment project now complete.

Our facility had been in need of modernising with the last major improvements taking place in 1997. We have always remained encouraged by the very positive feedback from patients and their families about the care they receive; however, changing needs of patients suggested that the Hospice needed to improve our physical environment. Our staff, provided tremendous feedback on how the Hospice could design and equip the Unit to meet the complex and diverse needs of our patients, which are anticipated to increase in the future.

Helen Simpson, ACCORD Chief Executive – ”I am thrilled and delighted with the outcome of this challenging but exciting project. The feedback received from patients, families, volunteers, supporters and staff during our ‘open sessions’ supports that we have achieved our aim of having a modern, functional yet homely healthcare environment in which to care for patients and families living with  a life limiting illness.”

Utilising the existing footprint of the Unit, the Hospice worked closely with McLean’s Architects and local building contractors Clark Contracts to create a modern yet homely environment which complements the delivery of specialist palliative and end of life care. We can’t thank everyone enough who has been involved in the project from the beginning – we are delighted that our vision has been delivered in a timely and precise manner.

This exciting development of the Hospice facility has provided eight single rooms with en-suite wet rooms, ‘French doors’ leading to individual patio and communal garden areas. Providing a fresh, modern and flexible design approach to décor – the Hospice was able to focus on bringing the outdoors, indoor.

Further improvements to heating and lighting we hope will support patients to experience those precious moments with their families in a more comfortable setting.

Not only has the physical environment of our Inpatient Unit been upgraded; but, the equipment and facilities at the disposal of our nurses and medical staff has improved. State of the art hoists, beds, chairs and other care equipment will ensure the safety, comfort and wellbeing of patients and assist our staff deliver high quality palliative and end of life care to patients  and families living with a life limiting illness.

We are enormously grateful to the people in our communities who have worked so hard and have given so generously over the 36 years ACCORD Hospice has been part of the community. It is because of this generosity we had sufficient reserves to invest funds towards the comprehensive refurbishment of the In Patient Unit.

We feel confident that our supporters will be pleased to see all their efforts put to such good use.

We passionately believe that the people in our community should be able to access the care and support they need at the end of their life in an environment which ensures privacy, dignity and comfort. This work has been a major investment in the future of our caring services which really raises the standard for patients and their families at ACCORD Hospice.

What difference will it make?

This major renovation project will make a transformational change to ACCORD Hospice

  • Offer increased privacy and comfort with en-suite bathrooms
  • Offer patients more access to single rooms
  • Rooms will have space for loved ones to stay overnight and experience the comforts of home
  • All rooms will have patio doors and access to a private patio area; enhancing the feeling of space and calm, as well as offering a greater connection to the outside world.
  • Create a separate patient entrance allowing patients to be admitted onto the ward in privacy, without entering via our busy public entrance.
  • Improved layout and state of the art equipment and facilities – benefitting both patients and staff