St David’s Hospice Care, which provides free Hospice-at-Home palliative care to patients and their families in Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen and south Powys, has now officially opened the doors to their new £2.9million day hospice in Malpas.
The Welsh Government is providing £2 million of support for the new facility.
The building comprises a chemotherapy outreach clinic as well as offering treatments such as complementary therapies, art therapy, children’s support services, carers groups and bereavement groups. It has also been designed to offer respite and support for those caring for loved ones with a terminal illness.
As well as providing specialist palliative care services, the new building brings St David’s Hospice Care staff together under one roof. St David’s fundraising team are based at the hospice, along with the Hospice-at-Home team which includes social workers, carers and specialist Hospice-at-Home nurses, and handles around 3,000 referrals a year.
Opening the Hospice, First Minister Carwyn Jones said:
"This new facility is a boost to the invaluable work the staff of St David’s Hospice Care carry out supporting people with end-of-life care in their own homes where they are most comfortable.
"It means being able to continue to provide families with the right care at the right time and I am pleased the Welsh Government has been able to offer £2 million financial support to make this a reality."
Chief Executive of St David’s Hospice Care, Emma Saysell, says:
"We were delighted that the First Minister was able to officially open the hospice for us and would like to thank him for taking the time to meet with staff, patients, carers and families. We are also extremely grateful to the Welsh Government for their support in helping to make our new hospice a reality.
"Our new building is a vital component in our work to provide end of life care to people in their own homes, as well as providing a much-needed new day hospice for the area which includes a chemotherapy outreach clinic.
"It’s very important to us that, whilst being designed to offer clinical treatments, it’s not always about medicine and it doesn’t have to feel too clinical. End-of-life patients and their families are facing all kinds of difficulties, and our new building will help them to deal with these by offering a range of services and treatments such as complementary therapies, carers groups and support services."
As well as providing palliative care to patients across the area, St David’s Hospice Care also helps train district nurses and care home staff to care for terminally-ill patients. The new building offers conference and meeting rooms where training sessions can be held.
Emma Saysell continues:
"The number of people we look after is increasing year on year. At any one time, we are providing palliative care for 1,000 people, which is equivalent to the capacity of a large hospital such as the Royal Gwent. This new hospice building means that we can continue to provide this much-needed care. It's a legacy, really, and will give us somewhere that is fit for purpose for the next 30 years."