A development proposal is in the works for a new Macmillan Caring Locally Hospice at Christchurch Hospital.
The plan is part of a wider scheme to deliver a care led community with a focus on health and wellbeing.
Three major groups are involved in the project: Macmillan Caring Locally; The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust and The Affordable Housing and and Healthcare Group (AHH).
Within the project, there are four main proposals:
- A new Macmillan Hospice- A new, modern Macmillan Hospice to replace the existing unit.
- Improved NHS Hospital facilities- making the facilities larger and centralised to offer increased services.
- Extra care affordable housing- for over 55’s.
- A better community- sustainable and environmentally friendly.
This comes as a result of the partnership between the three groups that has been evolving over the last few years, due to changing needs to our healthcare and housing sectors.
Macmillan Hospice care in Dorset
Currently at Christchurch Hospital, the Macmillan unit is a specialist palliative care unit and hospice for patients in South East Dorset and South West Hampshire.
Macmillan Caring Locally, although sharing the name, has no connection to the national charity Macmillan Cancer Support. They provide £1.2 million each year to fund the Macmillan Unit Day Centre.
The current service has been providing care for 45 years and is a centre of excellence.
They will be launching their ‘Brick by Brick’ plans to raise the funds to build the new hospice.
A public consultation drop-in will take place on Friday 17th January from 10am to 7pm, and on Saturday 18th January from 10am to 4pm at Christchurch Hospital, Fairmile Road, Christchurch, BH23 2JX. Here residents can view the plans and give any feedback that they may have.
There will be free parking on site during these times.
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