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 previous site of The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House in Snettisham was already overdeveloped and had problems with power supply and sewage disposal. It lacked 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 the 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
The administration staff moved into the new building during September 2014. Care services have been unaffected by the move. The contractors are currently fitting out patient areas including eight in-patient rooms. We expect this work to be completed by the end of November 2014. We plan to open the in-patient facility in 2015.
The Hospice Development appeal is focused on the interior fitting out of the Hospice and landscaping the gardens. For further information about donating to the Hospice click here.
A commissioning process is in progress between the Hospice and the North and West Norfolk Commissioners. We are already providing Hospice at Home care . 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