New inpatients unit just 'tip of iceberg' of extraordinary St Peter's Hospice, says patron Caroline Quentin
PUBLISHED: 16:15 25 November 2019
St Peter's Hospice
A year on from St Peter's Hospice inpatients unit opening, it already feels like a home.
That is the view of actress Caroline Quentin, who acted as patron to the charity during a mammoth fundraising drive last year.
Almost £7million was spent on revamping the unit in 2018, and it welcomed its first patients last November, with a large portion of the cash being donated by the public.
Shared bedrooms and imperfect communal spaces have been demolished and instead a sleek, modern inpatients unit has been built in its place.
Caroline said: "Nearly a year on and this place isn't only finished, but it already feels like a home and a place we can enjoy time with people with love."
Caroline said the hospice is an 'extraordinary' place and praised staff for the tremendous work they do - before posing for some photos with them.
But despite the excellence in care and the facilities which can now be offered to terminally ill patients from Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, Caroline said the job is not finished.
The hospice's premises in Bristol are the most noticeable sign of the work it does in caring for people coming towards the end of their life.
The 15 individual bedrooms are to the highest possible spec, but many of the staff employed by St Peter's are actually out on the road giving care in the community.
Caroline said: "The building and gardens look wonderful and people are feeling cared for and loved and supported.
"I am so proud to be a part of it.
"The inpatients unit is the tip of a beautiful iceberg of care that takes place out in the community across Bristol and surrounding area.
"The levels of service and care and expertise are exceptional, but that comes at a cost of £7.5million per year.
"Thank you for all your support and keep it coming - onward and upward."
To donate money to St Peter's Hospice, visit stpetershospice.org.uk/donate