THE NEW £13m Northern Ireland Hospice opened in May after three years of planning and construction, welcoming the return of staff and patients from its temporary home in Whiteabbey Hospital.
The dementia-friendly adult Hospice will provide the highest quality of palliative care for patients with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses.
The new hospice encompasses an 18 bedded In Patient Unit and a Day Hospice facility. Each of the spacious private en suite private are equipped with modern facilities.
Much thought has also been given to ensuring that the new building is able to support families in the way that they need. There is space for families to be together, including peaceful gardens, a Sanctuary, a Relative’s Area and a public café named The Old School Cafe - a nod to the Belfast High prep school that was located on the site before Northern Ireland Hospice moved there.
The new facility will also be the HUB for Hospice Community Nursing Services with almost 90% of the 3000 patients cared for annually, choosing to be cared for at home.
The site also features a dedicated Palliative Education and Research Centre, reaching out internationally to train healthcare professionals in specialist palliative care models.
In an extension of services delivered in NI, the new facility will enable specialist palliative care to be extended beyond cancer to those with requiring palliative care due to neurological, respiratory and dementia conditions.
The new Hospice is the first dementia-friendly designed hospice of its kind in the UK and Ireland, and will allow staff to provide support specialised care to patients with a dementia diagnosis.
Dementia patients will have improved access to tailored palliative care, including Care in the Community, Day Hospice Services and In-Patient support for symptom management as required.
Northern Ireland Hospice Chief Executive, Heather Weir said: “We are absolutely delighted that we are now able to take the next step on the Northern Ireland Hospice journey, offering world class care for the people of Northern Ireland now and into the future.
“This new hospice will really make a huge difference to life-limited patients and their families, providing them with the care and support they need at the end of life.”
Northern Ireland Hospice cares for over 3,000 patients and their families every year. It costs £6m to run the service, with the majority of this funding coming through voluntary donations.
To find out more about how you can support Northern Ireland Hospice, email or discover more at http://www.nihospice.org or call 028 9078 1836.
More about the new Northern Ireland adult hospice
• Designed to be a world leader in palliative care the new Hospice will provide care for more than 3,000 local people and their families every year, both in Hospice and in their own homes.
• It costs £6m per annum to run Northern Ireland adult hospice care services.
• Demand for Hospice services in Northern Ireland is increasing and the charity is now caring for over 90% of patients in their own homes. Whilst Hospice care is free to the patient, it is not free to provide and the charity relies heavily on donations and legacies from the public.
• The new Hospice provides 18 modern single en-suite rooms, as well as peaceful gardens; a children and relatives area; a Sanctuary and Chaplain’s room and private spaces for people and their families to be together.
• The new building has also been designed to ensure we can care for many more illnesses beyond cancer. It is the first dementia-friendly hospice in the UK and Ireland, and also has facilities to care for people with respiratory illnesses, heart disease, Motor Neurone Disease and others.
• It also includes a Day Hospice, Outpatient Clinic, Education and Research Centre and hub for Community Nursing Services.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
To run the Northern Ireland adult hospice services, it costs approx £6m per year.
Less than 50% of this is funded by government therefore we need your ongoing support to help us continue to deliver care to patients and families.
You can help by making a donation, big or small. Organise a fundraising event, ask your friends, your company, schools or churches to help run our new Hospice and support our Nursing work in the community.
For more details please contact us at, email: or speak to us at 028 9078 1836.