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 eight palliative care beds, and these are situated in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn and a local care home.
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 and North Norfolk and the Fens. (Source – European Association for Palliative Care, 2010)
Previous 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 has provided the Hospice with a more central location within its service area, making it more easily accessible to patients, carers, and volunteer supporters.
Since moving into the new facility in Hillington in September 2014, The Norfolk Hospice has been able to expand the number of services provided to the local population and will continue to do so in line with local needs.