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Major new build extends hospice care to more patients

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Around three times the size of the original facility which it will replace, the new Les Bourgs Hospice is under construction in a £4 million project in St Andrews, Guernsey.Lers bourgs Hospice

The project is being carried out for the hospice by Main Contractors RG Falla; Architects are Cresswell Cuttle & Dyke.

The new building will include seven ground-floor, single occupancy bedrooms each with their own toilets and direct access onto their own patios. There will be a lounge area which will be large enough for family gatherings, a consulting room for outpatient use, three specially equipped bathrooms/wet rooms, a central nurses’ station and office, a board room, library, catering kitchen, chapel and a quiet room, which will also serve as an overnight room for relatives.

The building will also incorporate day hospice facilities, which will offer respite care to patients five days a week, and will include a day room, a complementary therapy room for aromatherapy and reflexology, a specially equipped bathroom and a private terrace with outside dining area. All of the building’s administration offices will be relocated to the first floor.

The design of the largely two storey building is in two separate elements – one of which incorporates angles and curves, and is constructed in blockwork from ground to first floor level, with a reinforced concrete first floor slab and steelwork roof. The other element is designed to reproduce the external appearance of the original hospice building known as Andrew Mitchell house, and features blockwork elevations with a timber first floor.

A glazed link is being constructed across the gardens connecting the building’s reception area to the resident’s sitting rooms. The link spans a stream connecting two ponds within the grounds, with the stream being visible beneath glazed flooring.Lers bourgs Hospice

External works include the creation of a nine space car park and landscaped gardens, with a high wall shielding the car park from view.

The building is now wind and watertight, the windows and doors have been installed and the roof is complete, with the internal and external works progressing.

The project, which is being funded entirely from public donation, commenced last summer and is scheduled for completion in October

“The original building had reached the end of its life. When Les Bourgs Hospice first opened, it was perfect but as demand for the services offered by Les Bourgs have increased and the number of people needing care has risen, so the original building became no longer fit for purpose,” said Les Bourgs Hospice Redevelopment Appeal Manager Sandra Platts.

“It’s going to be absolutely superb and will allow the dedicated staff at Les Bourgs to care for more people at a time when they need it the most. It will be a hospice that the whole island can be proud of and we hope a building that every islander will have helped build,” she added.

She said the fund-raising committee had been overwhelmed by islanders’ generosity with donations being received on a weekly basis.

“We have a number of fund-raising initiatives in 2011 so that we can reach our target. We’ve launched a new appeal which involves collection boxes designed to look like bricks, so that participating companies and shops might have a box in their canteens and staff rooms, or on their counters for people to drop their loose change in. Literally ever penny counts and will make a difference,” she said.

The work for Les Bourgs won’t end once the new hospice is open as each year the running costs, which include staffing, catering, maintenance and medication are in the region of £730,000.

“The Friends of Les Bourgs Hospice have done an amazing job in raising millions of pounds over the last 20 years to cover the running costs,” said Sandra. “Their support and dedication has been invaluable and will continue to be so once the new facility is open.”

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