Monday, 30 January 2017

Today (Monday 31st January) Peace Hospice Care announces that its Inpatient Unit will be closed for six weeks from Friday 3rd March to Tuesday 18th April for essential repairs and refurbishment.

In September of 2016, adverse weather conditions and burst water pipes resulted in considerable flooding and water damage to the charity's Inpatient Unit. The charity is now in a position to make the necessary repairs to patient rooms and communal areas.

In addition, to avoid further disruption, planned refurbishment work to patient rooms and bedrooms, which have not been updated in over 15 years, will be carried out at the same time.

Speaking about the closure, Declan Carroll, Chief Executive, said: "Patient, staff and volunteer safety is always our number one priority. So, we have to close our Inpatient Unit to carry out these essential repairs, and the refurbishment work, as effectively and efficiently as possible. It makes sense to get all the work done at the same time and we are looking forward to opening again after this closure with patient facilities that are repaired and fit for purpose."

Staff in the Inpatient Unit will reduce admissions from mid February so that the repairs and refurbishment work can start on schedule. Any referrals received during the closure period will be passed on to other Services and Providers. During the closure period staff and volunteers who work in the Inpatient Unit will be re-allocated to other roles following consultation.

All Peace Hospice Care's other Patient Services - Hospice at Home, Herts Neighbours, Starlight Day Services and the Counselling Services will all continue to operate as usual.