Countess of Brecknock Hospice Appeal

AN APPEAL has been launched to raise the money needed to build new facilities for patients being treated in the Countess of Brecknock Hospice at AWMH.

Friday 31 March 2017

COBH

Planning permission for a new building, which will result in the Hampshire Hospitals-run hospice nearly doubling in size, has been granted by Test Valley Borough Council and a £3million appeal is now under way to turn the plans into a reality.

The new building will house 10 additional single, en-suite rooms for inpatients, a relatives’ room, a quiet room, therapy and treatment rooms, as well as new reception and day care areas. Outside, the plans include four new garden areas for patients and visitors to enjoy, with all rooms having access to one of these.

The expansion will cost an estimated £6million, but £3million of this has already been secured by the Countess of Brecknock Hospice Trust, with Hampshire County Council contributing £500,000. However, a further £3million is still required to get work under way.

Sarah McGaughey, Clinical Matron at the Countess of Brecknock Hospice, said: “Demand is constantly rising for the services provided at the Countess of Brecknock Hospice and we are often operating at full capacity. Expanding the facilities will help us to match this rising demand going forward.

“In addition to inpatient services, our Hospice at Home and Hospice Home Care Teams are also based at COBH. We want to do more work like this in the community and having additional space for day treatments in the new building will enable us to do that.”

If you would like more information or wish to donate to the appeal, visit the Appeal Page here. A public open day is taking place in the hospice between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 8 April, when the architects will be on site and plans will be available to be viewed.

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