St Wilfrid’s Hospice celebrates their first anniversary since moving to their brand new purpose built Hospice on Walton Lane, Bosham on July 3.
In this year alone they will have welcomed over 276 patient admissions to the ward and received over 915 new referrals for support and care. Chief Executive, Alison Moorey said, “It’s been one year since the Dreambuilding became a reality already! Whilst this year has given us unprecedented challenges the forward thinking design of the Hospice itself has allowed us to adapt our core care services to the impact of Covid-19.
The large open plan corridors and rooms are segmented around a central courtyard, which allowed us to divide ward, community nursing and support functions into three self-contained zones.
With each patient room having an ensuite bathroom and up to date facilities, the rigorous cleaning guidance and infection control demanded in response to Covid-19 has been much more easily met.
The team has been proud to increase our capacity by a third to support more local people through the crisis – both in their own homes and care homes, and in the inpatient ward, supporting the overall healthcare system. It’s not only our Hospice building that has allowed adaptation of dealing with a crisis; our amazing Community, Family Support and Living Well Centre teams have supported more local people in need of our care through video calling, including therapy sessions.
We are so grateful for the ongoing support of the public, it is only thanks to their generosity we can continue providing vital end of life care and plan for the future.”
With plans for a more official celebration event on hold thanks to Covid-19, they will now be hosting a virtual service to introduce the new St Wilfrid’s Celebration Tree.
The Celebration Tree will be installed on the 15 July with ornate leaves of gold, silver and bronze available for supporters, volunteers, friends and family to dedicate to a loved one.
Designed by Claudia Ashley-Brown of PersepexAngel the tree symbolizes how the support of the community has grown over the years allowing them to provide consistent care to those in the local area suffering from life limiting illness.
To find out how you can have your message on one of the first leaves please email Marcia.email@example.com or visit stwh.co.uk/celebrationtree.