Hospicecare future secured as new HQ deal agreed

PUBLISHED: 09:55 13 May 2014

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WESTON Hospicecare bosses say they have secured the charity's future after agreeing a price for a prominent new headquarters.

The organisation has this week seen an undisclosed offer accepted by Moose International for its Mooseheart building in Winscombe.

Hospicecare will move from its current base in Uphill to the ‘idyllic’ new location, in which patients and their families can receive vital end-of-life care.

Chief executive Gill Auden said: “We are thrilled to have secured this fantastic site, surrounded by woodland, with good transport links and acres of space for us to create a state-of-the-art hospice for our patients.

“This move will safeguard the future of Weston Hospicecare and excellent end of life care in our corner of North Somerset and Somerset.”

The hunt for a new base has been continuing behind the scenes since the turn of the year, when staff admitted they were close to outgrowing their previous HQ.

It could take up to five years to transfer all services to the Mooseheart building, which will need a number of modifications and bespoke additions.

But Gill believes the new premises – although outside of Weston itself – will ensure patients from across the area can continue to receive care for years to come.

She continued: “Weston Hospicecare’s roots are in Weston, along with thousands of our patients, families and supporters but as our 25 years have rolled on, demand has taken our care to all corners of our catchment area.

“People need us much further afield than that – in fact many of our patients do not live in the town and many of our supporters are from surrounding towns and villages.

“As patient numbers have grown we’re increasingly finding that our current beautiful site in Uphill will not stand the test of time.

“We have no more room to add outdoor or indoor space to further enhance our services for patients.

“We know we simply cannot continue to serve increasing numbers of people at this site – and we have never turned anyone away and we are determined that we never will.

“This will be the third home the hospice has had in our 25 years and this new site offers so much more space, both for much improved patient care facilities and also simply for incredible outdoor space and views which play such an important part in the health and well-being of our patients.

“We will be more accessible for those who live outside of Weston while maintaining our strong presence in Weston through our hospice community nurse specialists , hospice at home nurses, partnership links with Weston General Hospital and our events held in the town.”

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