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Big plans for new purpose-built unit readying Beaumond House Hospice Care, Newark, for the future



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Plans have been announced to expand Beaumond House hospice to increase its number of beds and improve facilities for patients.

A new in-patient unit is planned by Beaumond House Hospice Care on the site of a bungalaw plot on Lime Grove, directly behind the main building, which the charity owns.

Chief executive Heidi Hawkins said: "With a changing demographic it was time to make the hospice fit for the future.

Heidi Hawkins, chief executive and Louise Sinclair, head of clinical care at the bungalow site.
Heidi Hawkins, chief executive and Louise Sinclair, head of clinical care at the bungalow site.

"We have been around for 35 years and have every intention to be around for 35 more."

The new development has a vision for a light, bright and airy space housing six private bedrooms ­— an increase of two beds ­— on the ground floor, ensuite facilities and easy access to outdoor space from each bedroom.

A comfortable room for visiting families to stay in, relaxing lounge and a central garden are also planned.

Heidi Hawkins, chief executive and Louise Sinclair, head of clinical care at the bungalow site.
Heidi Hawkins, chief executive and Louise Sinclair, head of clinical care at the bungalow site.

While the character of the hospice's main building on London Road creates a homely feeling, it currently comes with a host of challenges for patients and staff.

Louise Sinclair, head of clinical care, said: "The house has served us well for 30-plus years, but access can be limited for some patients as it is on the first floor and the space can be hard to manoeuvre with a walking aid.

"Ground floor bedrooms are especially important for our frail patients."

It will be constructed as a self-contained area, but with a connection to the main house.

The bungalow site bordering Beaumond House, where the new unit will be built.
The bungalow site bordering Beaumond House, where the new unit will be built.

Louise added: "We were lucky during covid-19 as having individual bedrooms meant we could continue to provide care.

"This new unit would also allow us to continue our work if a similar situation was to occur."

The project is expected to take between two to four years to reach completion.

Heidi said: "We are looking to identify trusts that may provide funding, alongside hoping for the support of individuals.

"It is a balancing act ­— we need people to continue supporting our day-to-day work rather than diverting funds to this project.

"We are at the very beginning of this project, and it will require much time and careful planning.

"In the meantime, we remain steadfastly committed to ensuring that our range of vital support and care for the people of Newark and Sherwood who need us continues.

"We know it is an incredibly challenging time for everyone at the moment, but we need our community to continue to support us as they have done for over 35 years."



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