Hospice to expand?
by Natalie Vincent Wed 11 July 2018, 11:44 am
Harlington Hospice has submitted a planning application to Hillingdon Council to build a 20-bedroom end-of-life care unit, providing critically needed hospice beds in the borough, which currently has access to fewer than 20 specialised hospice and advanced-care beds.
Although the hospice currently provides support to people in their own homes, this is not suitable for all patients, meaning that some people will need to be admitted to hospital.
Once complete, the unit will feature en-suite bedrooms overlooking green open space, with some having a small private patio area. It will cost about £3.5 million to build and will take up to a year to complete, with money coming from grants and funding bids.
Steve Curry, chief officer of Harlington Hospice said: "There is an urgent need for end-of-life hospice beds in Hillingdon. The limited availability of these types of beds is shocking given the growing need for this kind of care. It’s also why we see more people dying in a hospital bed in this borough than in many other places.
"We are keen to get the building work underway as soon as possible so that we are able to provide local people with the best possible care, in the right setting, in their final days."