Anglesey’s first hospice is set to open at Holyhead hospital next year.
An unused ward at Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley will be transformed into a four-bedroom inpatient unit as a satellite service of St David’s Hospice. Last month, the Llandudno-based hospice merged with the Hospice at Home service for Anglesey and Gwynedd.
Around fifteen jobs will be created with construction work set to start in the summer – local fundraising staff will also be hired along with volunteers to support, fund and run the new unit.
The hospice says it will cost around £500,000 to establish the unit with both the Betsi Cadwaladr health board and Anglesey Council contributing to nursing salaries and intermediate care services during the first two years.
St David’s Hospice CEO Trystan Pritchard said: ”This exciting development will be an important step to ensuring the people of Anglesey and Gwynedd have the same choice in end of life care as has been available in Llandudno for 20 years.”
”We need the support of local people to ensure we can fundraise to support the new hospice and we look forward to discussing our exciting plans with local communities over the next few months.”
Plans for the satellite centre in Holyhead – and another in Pwllheli – were first announced last summer as part of efforts to ”end the inequality of service care”. Currently, patients from Anglesey have to travel for up to 90 minutes to the main Llandudno hospice.
BCUHB director for the West, Ffion Johnstone, said: ”We are delighted to be working in partnership with St David’s Hospice and Anglesey Council on this exciting development.
”Our key aim is to deliver care closer to home and ensuring equity of access to services across the population of North Wales. The satellite hospice unit will provide more local access to hospice inpatient care for patients across Anglesey and Gwynedd who cannot be cared for at home.”
Caergybi independent councillor Robert Llewellyn Jones, the older people’s champion at Anglesey Council, said: ”We are pleased to see that local hospice beds are being developed to provide sensitive support for ssland residents at the most difficult of times. St David’s Hospice in Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley will be a welcome addition to palliative care on Anglesey.”
The hospice added the plans were currently at the design and development stage.