New Ayrshire Hospice base ‘nicely on its method’ as foundations are laid

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The brand new base of Ayrshire’s treasured group hospice is ‘nicely on its method’ now that the foundations have been laid.

The £17 million redevelopment of Ayrshire Hospice’s web site on Ayr’s Racecourse Highway will ‘future proof’ the hospice for generations to return – and improve the care it offers by providing elevated privateness, consolation and providers.

Web site clearing and demolition work, carried out by McLaughlin & Harvey, for the Capital Construct Mission started in December final yr with the bottom being damaged in April.

And now the concrete pour for the In-Affected person Unit – which can home 12 specialist palliative care en-suite rooms – is full, with the charity eagerly awaiting the arrival of the metal body.

The brand new facility, which is on monitor to open in Autumn 2024, may even home a brand new Dwelling Nicely Hub providing medical and therapeutic help, Medical and Neighborhood Nursing Hubs, outpatient counselling rooms, an Training Hub, a public espresso store, reward store, magnificence remedy rooms, and landscaped gardens.

And in a Hospice first, a multi-faith contemplation area can be created to host weddings and celebrations, in addition to offering a spot for individuals to recollect family members.

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Tracy Flynn, Ayrshire Hospice Chief Govt, stated: “We’ve bought a gorgeous contemplation area coming throughout the new constructing and that’s one thing which the Hospice hasn’t had earlier than.

“It’s a part of having areas open to the general public seven days every week the place you’ll be capable of are available in to that area, mild a candle, keep in mind. It’s essential that there’s a place for individuals to return and keep in mind. We’ve our Celebration Tree, which is at the moment on the Portal in Irvine, and that can be introduced again.”

Tracy stated the rigorously thought out base can be a ‘dwelling from dwelling’ for these with life-limiting sicknesses.

“That’s what’s ought to be”, she stated. “We’re guests in anyone’s life whereas they’re dying – in the event that they’re right here to die, some sufferers aren’t right here to die.

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“The constructing wants to offer each peaceable and discreet finish of life care, in addition to actually supportive rehabilitative care that can assist you to go and life for a bit longer, that’s what we’re all about.

“It’s not a depressing place. It’s respectfully troublesome at instances – demise work is troublesome work – however we now have weddings, all kinds of celebrations, and there’s so much to rejoice in individuals’s lives, so we want a constructing to assist us to have the ability to try this.”

And the brand new facility received’t simply be a ‘dwelling from dwelling’ for these in palliative and finish of life care, but in addition for the Hospice’s 200-strong workforce and military of some 320 volunteers, with out whom the hospice couldn’t operate, says Tracy.

She stated: “The constructing is bringing all of my groups below the one roof. The group groups have to be right here – they’re caring for about 400 sufferers each day- so it’s not nearly 12 beds. It’s been years within the making – lengthy earlier than my time as Chief Exec.

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“Folks in Ayrshire had been consulted on what to do right here years in the past. It has taken time – pandemics and all kinds of bumps within the highway apart – and lots of, many individuals have given their coronary heart and soul to that, so it’s an actual staff venture.

“It’s actually essential to incorporate the general public. We’ve consulted on colors, room layouts and all kinds, and that’s actually essential as a result of it’s a group hospice. It’s not simply concerning the beds, it’s about the entire group.

“We’re nicely on our method now. We’ll be very practically completed in 12 months time – very practically – we’ll be screwing within the mild bulbs at that time!”

A part of the Hospice’s mission is to interrupt down boundaries surrounding demise and grief, opening up a dialogue with the youthful technology.

Tracy stated: “I keep in mind as a teen that hospitals had been unhappy, troublesome locations, represented demise and no one bought out alive – however a 3rd of our sufferers within the In-Affected person Unit go dwelling.

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“It’s essential that younger individuals don’t concern hospice care. There’s one thing in working with younger folks that, for me, is the reply for the long run.

“We all know that extra individuals will want palliative care, that’s projected to go up and peak in 2040, so if we are able to actually assist younger individuals to know that it’s okay, you may dwell and make recollections whilst you’re dying; after all it’s actually unhappy and it’s very troublesome however there’s pleasure in all the things.”

The location progress comes on the again of the charity being nominated for ‘Charity of the Yr Award’ within the Ayrshire Enterprise Awards 2023.

Tracy added: “The Hospice is genuinely a treasured charity in Ayrshire and Arran,all people is aware of concerning the Hospice. We’ve simply been nominated for Charity of the Yr with the Chamber, in order that’s actually nice for us.

“The individuals by no means stop to amaze me. Folks do loopy, humorous issues simply to boost cash. Working a marathon or climbing a mountain is for affected person care, and that’s actually essential that the general public try this.

“It’s that pretty service that we can provide sufferers, and we are able to try this due to its supporters- and that’s fab.”

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