Our plans for a new hospice

As we approach celebrating 50 years of providing care to local people, we have big plans for the future.

{This is a visual of what the main entrance to the new hospice may look like. Image credit: PRP Architects and Our Studio. Logo design: Jen Bailey.}

As we approach celebrating 50 years of providing care to local people in Greater Manchester and move into the next exciting era of our history, we have big plans for the future.

Hospice care has changed so much over the years, and we’re proud to have been able to innovate and develop our services to ensure that the ever-changing needs of our patients are met. We can only do that thanks to our supporters, who help us achieve the £20,000 we need to fundraise every day to continue providing that care.

We need to continue to provide world-class care, and we want to do this in a way that will not only help patients in the next ten years, but in the next 50, 100 and beyond.

Our Little Hulton hospice was purpose-built and continues to meet the needs of modern-day hospice care. Our Heald Green hospice is a much older building, it has been adapted and developed over time and is now restricting our ability to give the patients the care that they deserve. We need a new purpose-built hospice that will serve the needs of our community now and in the future.

Plans for our new hospice in Heald Green will feature a bright, modern, spacious inpatient unit with 21 individual en-suite bedrooms, 2 three-bed bays, all featuring homely furnishings and access to private outdoor terraces.

The improved and flexible accommodation will ensure increased admissions, less wait times and that individual needs are cared for. The unit will also have spaces designed for families to relax and overnight rooms. A separate entrance allows out of hours access for overnight visitors and staff, as well as ambulance drop off for patients during the day.

{This image shows a bedroom at St Davids Hospice in Newport. The architects were KKE Architects, the Interior Designer was Elaine Lewis.}

The Being You Centre will be transformed by the increased space, offering with an integrated dining area and lounge, consulting rooms for Out-Patient Services including counselling, patient & family support, complimentary therapies and a fully equipped physiotherapy suite. Surrounding the whole facility will be landscaped gardens accessible to all patients and visitors.

The Village Street will be a community facility, the bistro, will enable patients and their visitors to relax and enjoy time together without leaving the hospice. The local community will also be welcome to use our facilities, which will help the ongoing funding of the hospice.

{This image shows a courtyard at Hospice Djursland by the architects C.F. Møller. Photo credit: Adam Mørk.}

The building has been designed with the environment in mind. It will be ecologically efficient, using the latest green initiatives including a green roof, PV panelling and grey water solutions.

Our new hospice will give us space to expand our work, becoming a centre of training excellence and a hub of innovation working with partners in end of life care across Greater Manchester. This will of course improve access to training for our staff and volunteers. We know that care will change as the needs of patients change, and we will be equipped for these changes so that we can be at the forefront of innovative care.

The project cost is £20 million. It’s an ambitious plan but it is essential to continue to provide our care into the future.

{These are proposed plans for the new hospice by PRP Architects.}

July 2020: Planning Application submitted and validated

A hybrid planning application was submitted to Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council on Friday 13th March for validation and consideration at committee. The application was validated on 2nd July 2020 and is now under consultation. We expect a final decision to be made in October.

A copy of the application and all plans and documents submitted with it may be inspected on the Council’s website http://planning.stockport.gov.uk/PlanningData-live/

If you have any questions or comments about the new build or wish to donate, please contact the hospice team: newhospice@sah.org.uk or call 0161 498 3631.

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