Work has started on building Anglesey’s first Hospice.
A former ward at Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley in Holyhead is being transformed by builders into a £4 million inpatient unit.
It’s hoped the new four-bedroom unit will be ready for use by February next year – but St David’s Hospice say they still need to raise around £475,000 to complete construction work. The charity has already raised around £950,000 and secured funding from other sources.
Trystan Pritchard, CEO of St David’s Hospice, said: ”This hospice will provide the people of Anglesey and parts of Gwynedd with inpatient hospice care closer to their own home. This is vitally important for patients and families when they are at their most vulnerable.”
”We have been working closely with the health board to ensure we can put hospice beds on the island for the first time, allowing our care to be more accessible across North West Wales.”
”Hospices make a huge contribution to their local communities and we are extremely grateful for the incredible level of support we receive from individuals, groups and businesses, which enables us to continue to care for local people when their needs are greatest.”
”We have yet another huge fundraising task ahead and with the communities help, we hope to see the first patient using the new facility by February 2020.”
The new unit, providing respite and end of life care, will be equipped with high-range clincial equipment including specialist beds and mattresses, hoists and recliner chairs to ensure patients are independent for as long as possible.
All four bedrooms will lead to outdoor spaces through patio doors, looking out to seafront or garden views.
The Betsi Cadwaladr health board is supporting the project, aimed at providing equal access to palliative care services for Anglesey residents.
Ffion Johnstone, the health board’s area director in the West, said: ”The ‘Hospice in Hospital’ unit will be run independently by St David’s Hospice, and will enhance choice at end of life for Anglesey patients, who currently have to travel to Llandudno to access hospice inpatient care.”