Construction work starts at hospice

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ST MICHAEL’S Hospice is currently undergoing a revamp.

Workmen have arrived at the St Leonards-based charity to begin the transformation of the hospice ground floor and day therapy area.

In April the hospice, in Upper Maze Hill, was allocated £441,848 by the Department of Health to help improve its building, create new spaces for patients, their families and visitors to its day therapy centre.

Over the next 18 weeks, Hastings builders, George Stone Ltd, will be reconfiguring and redesigning the ground floor, in-patient area and the day therapy areas.

Emma Meeres, hospice spokeswoman, said: “A new art therapy suite will be added to our day therapy centre, as well as a photography suite and a café-style IT area for patients. We will also be creating en-suite family accommodation on the first floor. The nurses’ station will be transformed to create a more informal, open and contemporary space with a dedicated teaching and office area.

“We are really excited about the project and to have been given the opportunity to make such important improvements to the hospice. Obviously as the works go on there are a number of changes to our in-patient and day therapy services. Please visit www.stmichaelshospice.com to find out more, email capitalbuild@stmichaelshospice.com or contact our reception on 01424 445177.”

The hospice provides in-patient and out-reach palliative care to people with life-limiting illnesses across 1066 Country. Its specialist care and clinical teams offer respite care, symptom control and support to patients and families with its 30-bed hospice, day therapy centre, Hospice at Home service, Bereavement Support and Hospice Neighbours.