The hospice has launched a fundraising campaign to raise the money needed to construct the building on the proposed eight acre site of Bellahouston Park in Glasgow.
The hospice’s current facility at Carlton Place, which was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales in 1983, has served the people of Glasgow for more than 29 years, providing vital care to more than 1,000 patients every year.
The current building is now at capacity and a new facility is needed to allow current services to develop as well as extend the provision of care for young people from age 15.
Rhona Baillie, chief executive of The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice, said that with the help and support of the people of Glasgow, they will be able to build the new hospice.
“Not only will this enable us to further extend our existing services, it will allow us to provide much-needed provision of care to young people with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses across the West of Scotland, Rhona said.
“We believe this development will be a major step forward in the provision of palliative care services to the people of Glasgow, and in particular will address a specific gap in the availability of care for young people who can be lost in the transition between children and adult health services.”
The new facility will offer an increased number of single rooms and family suites, all with improved access for patients making it much easier for them to get into and around the building. The design of the inpatient unit and day services will promote greater patient choice with single rooms, allowing patients and families to have private space when they need it, and a social area which will ensure no-one feels isolated.
There will also be enhanced facilities for families to stay overnight, as well as state-of-the-art catering facilities, increased parking and beautifully landscaped gardens which will be enjoyed by patients and their families alike, and patients who are confined to bed will be able to be taken outdoors into the garden.
The new facility will allow staff to further develop the hospice’s education facilities, providing a bespoke meeting space to host national conferences, meetings and training days to promote staff development.
The new hospice will cost a total of £18 million, of which £3 million has already been secured.
TV personality and long-term supporter of the hospice, Carol Smillie, attended the launch of the public fundraising appeal.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Glasgow to throw their weight behind the appeal and create a lasting legacy for the city,” Carol said.
You can view the artists impressions of the new hospice in our image gallery.