Final touches being put to state-of-the-art day hospice

Almost ready: staff from Overgate Hospice take a look around their new facilities
Almost ready: staff from Overgate Hospice take a look around their new facilities

THE keys to the new Day Hospice for Overgate Hospice have been handed over.

Months of hard work has paid off, with the new facilities looking better than the team could have imagined when work started nine months ago.

The building was funded through the Department of Health.

They were given a grant of £396,000 last year to expand their day hospice care.

They were one of 123 groups selected to share £40 million from the government’s End of Life Care Strategy.

The foundation stone was laid by director Mary Wilkinson and day hospice user Paul Slater in February.

When it reopens its doors on Monday, it will continue to open five days a week, offering their traditional service three days a week and two full days of therapy days for patients with more complex, life-limiting diseases.

Chief Executive Janet Cawtheray said: “The new extended facility better supports patient dignity and encourages independence with more medical and therapeutic interventions.”

She thanked the contractors and architect Robert Ambler and quantity surveyor Roy Smith for their hard work. “A special thanks goes to our patients, family, carers, volunteers and staff for their patience and support while the work has been taking place,” said Mrs Cawtheray.

“It has all been worth it and we cannot wait to see our patients faces when they arrive on Monday morning,” she said. The day hospice aims to provide a range of facilities to help patients and carers to adjust to the physical and psychological demands of their illness by offering social and emotional support.

Overgate Hospice based in Hullenedge Road, Elland, was set up in 1981.

It provides specialist palliative care for people with life-limiting conditions living in Calderdale.

It needs £5,000 a day to keep helping cancer sufferers.