The construction of a new therapy centre at Douglas Macmillan Hospice, in Stoke-on-Trent, is underway and is on schedule to complete in August this year.
Upon completion the new facility will provide new outpatient, rehabilitation, day therapeutics and psychological therapy units.
Premier Construction caught up with Paul Munyard, Facilities Manager at Douglas Macmillan Hospice, to find out more about the development. The project began in October 2013 and is set to replace an existing therapy centre as well as expanding the facilities and services the hospice is currently able to offer.
“The project involves the construction of a new purpose built modern building to provide a greater range of day therapy services, at ground floor level, and bereavement and psychological services, at first floor level. The building is a modern construction with large glass areas internally and externally to take advantage of the natural light. This therefore creates a welcoming and open feel to the space, retaining the homely and comforting features of the hospice.
The new day therapies will link into the current day therapy centre, which is inside Douglas Macmillan Hospice, via a glazed link this will also form the entrance for the new day therapy centre. Paul said that the Existing DTU will be reviewed to allow the hospice to expand to meet its current needs.
Luckily the on site team have been very fortunate with the weather during the project so far and have encountered no real difficulties. Main contractors Sneyd Building Contractors are working alongside architects Forshaw Greave and Partners during the new build and redevelopment project. Newcastle-under-Lyme based Forshaw and Greave is a RIBA Chartered Practice with experience working across a variety of sectors including Private and Social Housing, Healthcare, Education, Heritage and Conservation, Industrial and Commercial, Retail, Leisure and Hospitality, Churches and Community, as well as Urban Design and Masterplanning.
Paul Munyard, Facilities Manager at the hospice said:
“We already provide a range of day services and bereavement and physiological services but these new facilities will allow us to offer an expanded service; enabling us to reach out to more people in the community. It is a very exciting project as it will be of great benefit to the hospice upon completion.”
The Douglas Macmillan Hospice was established in 1973 as a 28-bed care facility for people suffering from incurable cancer, serving the North Staffordshire area. Since then the facility has progressed and now provides an array of services for people with other life-limiting illnesses.
The hospice was originally set up through a fundraising campaign by local people, as well as a grant from the National Society for Cancer Relief, which changed its name to Macmillan Cancer Support in 2000. Over the past 40 years, a Day Hospice, a Community Nurse Specialist Team (PCNS), a Hospice at Home service and an Education Centre have all been added to the hospice.
All of these services are supported by a full range of clinical support services which include Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Lymphodema, Bereavement Support and Psychological therapy; all of these services are being enhanced by the current development project scheduled to complete in August this year.
The hospice costs approximately £10.2 million per year to continue functioning and it is thanks to the generous team of over 900 volunteers who work in all areas of the Hospice that mean the hospice is able to provide such specialised, personalised care.