Modernisation of our Inpatient Unit

The present Hospice was built in 1997 and after 21 years while our care remains of the same high standard our Inpatient Unit (IPU) is in need of modernisation.

There are over 250 admissions to the IPU each year of patients with life-limiting illnesses in order that nursing staff and doctors can manage pain and symptoms, give emotional support or provide care at the end of life. The hospice also cares for around 800 people in the community every year as well as those people important to our patients.

A refurbishment project began in January 2017 to make the IPU a more comfortable and therapeutic place for all patients and visitors. At the same time we are incorporating changes which will aid patients and visitors with dementia.

Hospice staff are seeing increasing numbers of patients and visitors with dementia. By acting now we can meet the challenge of caring for an increasing number of patients who suffer from both dementia and a second life-limiting illness.

Our schedule of works
We finished work on phase 1 of the redesign in 2016. This has created an improved reception area; a new cafe for patients, visitors and volunteers; a new dedicated entrance to the IPU and improved overnight stay facilities for visitors.

Work began on the IPU in January 2017 after several years of planning. The work will is due to finish in May 2018 and will include the following:

  • Modernisation of every patient bedroom on the 16-bed IPU which includes new heating, lighting, decor, patio doors, windows and furnishings*
  • An extension which will relocate four of the existing bedrooms and will create a new nurses reception area and office as well as an equipment store and clinic room
  • A second overnight stay room to allow more families to comfortably stay with loved ones
  • Improvements throughout the IPU which adhere to dementia-friendly principles
  • Better lighting, colour-coding and clear signage to help with navigation
  • New artwork showing local scenes from around Wigan and Leigh as conversation points and to stimulate reminiscence
  • Transformation of one bedroom into a bariatric bedroom with additional specialist bathroom
  • New furnishings throughout the public seating areas on the IPU and in the lounge areas
  • Upgrades to bathrooms and W/Cs used by patients and visitors

In order to ensure that the Hospice can continue to operate at full capacity during the project, the work is being carried out using a phased approach working on four bedrooms at a time with additional temporary bedrooms being brought into use which are furnished to the same high standards as the current bedrooms.

Rebekah Ashley, IPU Manager, said: "The staff are really excited and looking forward to seeing the project completed. The Inpatient Unit didn't look bad but it was beginning to look outdated and tired.

"The changes are already making it brighter and the sign-posting and colour-coding of bedroom bays will make it much easier for patients and visitors to get around. Beforehand, it was quite easy to get lost around the Inpatient Unit and patients found it difficult sometimes to identify their own room as each bay of bedrooms looked exactly the same. The improved Inpatient Unit will be a relaxing and therapeutic environment conducive to the individual needs of our patients and those important to them.

"Our patients deserve dignity, comfort and care and the changes we are making will ensure they continue to receive safe and supportive care for years to come."

Please see our Facebook page for updates and photos on the project. Simply search 'wiganandleighhospice'


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