Caroline Quentin praises 'amazing' hospice as inpatient unit opens
PUBLISHED: 06:04 01 December 2018
St Peter's Hospice
Actress Caroline Quentin welcomed staff and patients ‘home’ at an opening ceremony.
Guests were invited to tour St Peter’s Hospice’s new inpatient unit ahead of care beginning there last Monday.
Ms Quentin told the Times her association with the hospice goes back a number of years after she was invited to see patients at St Peter’s while performing in a play at the Bristol Old Vic.
And when asked to become a patron for the Room To Care appeal last year, she jumped at the chance.
Ms Quentin, who lives in Tiverton, co-presents The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes and enjoyed coming to visit the hospice during the rebuilding phases.
She said: “I’m used to building sites but I’m not used to places with such good finishes. The quality is amazing.”
No expense has been spared on making the hospice as welcoming as possible – with everything from a £27,000 bath to make patients comfortable through to very comfortable couches and even a fish tank.
The hospice has been keen to make sure it can provide the best possible care, but in a relaxed environment.
Ms Quentin said: “The care and thought which has gone into it is amazing.
“It’s functional and aesthetically pleasing.
“It’s a lack of planning which lets people down in building and I’ve seen that all over the world.
“But people have thought this project through so staff can provide even better care for people with complex needs in an environment which combines a home and a hospital.”