Refurbishment of In-patient Unit begins at Hospice

25 January 2017

THE BIGGEST refurbishment project to take place at Wigan and Leigh Hospice in 20 years has begun.


Building work has startesd to modernise the In-patient Unit (IPU) beginning with a bay of four individual patient bedrooms and two bathrooms.

The work will take place over approximately eight months and will include the following:

• Modernisation of every patient bedroom on the 16-bed IPU which includes new heating, lighting, decor 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 and 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 will be carried out using a phased approach working on four bedrooms at a time. Additional temporary bedrooms are being brought into use which are furnished to the same high standards as the current bedrooms.

This current work follows the completion of Phase 1 of improvement work at the Hospice which created a new café for patients and visitors, a new private patient entrance and a brighter, fresher Reception area.

Dr Alan Baron, Chief Executive of the Hospice, said: "The Hospice moved to our current site in Hindley almost 20 years ago and, while our care remains of the same high standard, the In-patient Unit is very much in need of modernisation.
"This is the first major work to take place on the In-patient Unit in all that time and we have been working hard on the concept and design over the last few years in order to make sure we get it absolutely right with the minimum disruption to patients, visitors and staff.
"Our final plan includes not only significant cosmetic changes but improvements which will make the In-patient Unit more comfortable and therapeutic for all of our patients and visitors for many years to come."

There are around 300 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 1,000 people in the community every year as well as those people important to our patients.

The Hospice has secured some grant funding but to do all the work, the Hospice needed more, and launched the Counting on Care appeal.

The aim is to raise at least £50,000** towards the cost of our improvement works. The Hospice is on its way thanks to donations already made from the Dedicate A Daisy appeal which allows people to dedicate a wooden daisy in the Hospice gardens to a loved one.

Now, with work beginning, the Hospice is asking that the local community to show their support and help the Hospice reach the £50,000 mark in 2017.

There are a few ways you can support the Counting on Care Appeal:
• Text a donation. Text HSPC02 plus the amount you wish to donate to 70070. So, to donate £5 text HSPC02 £5.
• Hold a fundraising event. No matter how big or small these really do make a huge difference. Let us know what you are doing by emailing:
• Call the fundraising team to make a donation over the phone or send a cheque to the Hospice. Please make it clear that your donation is for the Counting on Care appeal.
• Dedicate A Daisy to a loved one.
• See or contact the fundraising team for fundraising ideas and support.

Rebekah Ashley, IPU Manager, said: "The staff are really excited and looking forward to seeing the work completed. The In-patient Unit doesn't look bad at the moment but it's beginning to look outdated and tired.
"The changes will make it brighter and the sign-posting and colour-coding of bedroom bays will make it much easier for patients and visitors to get around. It's quite easy to get lost around the In-patient Unit and patients can find it difficult to identify their own room as each bay of bedrooms looks exactly the same at present. 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."


The Hospice has cared for tens of thousands of people from Wigan and Leigh since it opened over 30 years ago in a former vicarage in Poolstock.

Now, the Hospice cares for more than 1,200 people with a life-limiting illness in Wigan and Leigh every year and provides support such as carer breaks, counselling and bereavement support for their families and loved ones.

As the Hospice marks 20 years at its site in Hindley this year also marks 50 years since the launch of the hospice movement by Dame Cicely Saunders who opened St Christopher's Hospice in London in 1967 which was the first hospice of the modern era in the UK.

Find out more here.

*Although the Hospice has 16 bedrooms it is only licensed to care for up to 14 patients at any one time.
**We want to raise at least £50,000 towards the cost of the refurbishment. The number 50 is significant as 2017 marks 50 since the start of the Hospice movement.


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