Development plan at hospice

The reception area at Overgate Hospice, Elland, that is being developed
The reception area at Overgate Hospice, Elland, that is being developed

Overgate Hospice has been awarded a grant to redevelop their reception area to give patients extra privacy and allow the hospice to create quiet areas for families.

The changes have been made possible thanks to a grant from the Calderdale Clinical Commission Group and planning permission is being submitted to make the changes.

Admissions to the hospice are continuing to increase as is the volume of visitors to the hospice whether that be family members receiving counselling or supporters in the community.

Medical director Rachel Sheils said: “Until now, patients being admitted to the ward at Overgate Hospice have come through our inviting and lively reception area via the same door as staff, volunteers, visitors and all those members of the public who visit us to give us their generous support. 

“Once our reception area is redeveloped, patients will have a calmer and more private entrance, with a covered shelter so that when they come out of a car or ambulance, they will be protected from the elements.  Patients arriving at Overgate can look forward to an excellent standard of care; very soon their arrival will be even more welcoming.”

A new entrance for patients being admitted to the hospice and two quiet spaces for families will be created as part of the plans as well as a small shop for supporters to visit to help raise the funds needed each and every year.