Norfolk and the Fens is one of the last remaining areas of England that does not have a full hospice service, and with a population in excess of 300,000, it is the largest.
The need for a full hospice service
West Norfolk only has four palliative care beds, and these are situated in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn. With a constant backlog, the current services are not sufficient to meet the demand.
It is estimated that 80-100 palliative care beds are needed per 1,000,000 inhabitants, therefore it is estimated that 30 in-patient beds would be needed for the population of West Norfolk and the Fens. (Source – European Association for Palliative Care, 2010)
Current Hospice Site
The current site of the Norfolk Hospice Tapping House in Snettisham is already overdeveloped and has problems with power supply and sewage disposal. It lacks the potential for the further development that is needed to meet the needs of the area.
Move to a central location
The move from Snettisham to a new site near the A148 at Hillington will provide the Hospice with a more central location within its service area, making it more easily accessible to patients, carers, and volunteer supporters.
Progress so far
From the picture above you wil see that the main structure is almost complete. This phase should be finished by the end of March 2014.
The Hospice Development appeal is now focussed on the interior fitting out of the Hospice. All donations can be restricted to chosen areas if requested..
A commissioning process is in progress between the Hospice and the North and West Norfolk Commissioners. We are already providing Hospice at Home care and supporting End of Life beds in a local care home. The continuation of support for the communities we serve remains essential.
New revenue generating initiatives are already in place to ensure that the ongoing costs of the new Hospice can be met