Franklin Ellis Hospice work continues

February 5th, 2013



FEA have recently submitted the third in a series of applications for new works for various hospices across the East Midlands, building on our previous portfolio of work in this specialism. Dove Cottage Day Hospice is located in open countryside in the Vale of Belvoir. FEA have designed an extension to the existing facilities to create a garden room, three treatment rooms and assisted bathroom, plus some re-configuration of the current building. The scheme is intended to complement the atmosphere of the existing hospice, which occupies converted farm buildings, and the wonderful rural setting. In contrast, St. Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice is planning to create a ‘hospice within a hospital’ at Grantham, in partnership with the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The accommodation comprises six in-patient beds plus facilities for relatives and clinical staff. The unit aims to combine the best of hospice expertise in palliative care with access to the hospital’s medical facilities and support services. Although the hospice will be located within the fabric of Grantham and District Hospital, the unit will be stand-alone and aims to create a distinctive, welcoming and hopeful atmosphere for patients and relatives. FEA have had a long association with the Nottinghamshire Hospice, having completed the day room in 2008 and the palliative care unit and dining facilities in 2010. Phase 3 comprises the redesign of the gardens, restoring the original rock and water gardens (associated with the Victorian house), installing a new platform lift and creating additional gardens that will be fully accessible to patients and carers. With the assistance of FEA, all three schemes have been submitted for funding under the Department of Health Capital Grants Programme 2012 – funding decisions are expected at the end of March 2013.

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