Major donation helps refurbish Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford

By Nicola Ward Clinical Nurse Manager, Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford Marie Curie patron John Holden, Sovereign Healthcare chief executive Russ Piper, Marie Curie patron Christine Hamilton Stewart MBE, Sovereign Healthcare chairman Dr Bob DugdaleA generous £300,000 donation from Sovereign Health Care’s Charitable Trust has allowed us to completely refurbish part of the in-patient unit here at the Marie Curie Hospice, Bradford. Work on the new Sovereign Wing began in January 2014 and officially opened earlier this week. The wing extends to 165 square metres, and contains two single rooms and a pair of three-bed rooms. The work included the complete renovation of the en suite bathrooms, brand new flooring in all bedrooms and an upgrade to the ventilation system. The bathrooms are now ‘wet rooms’ with walk-in showers and new furniture, and the lighting has been greatly improved.

Fresh and clean

The old carpets were removed in the bedrooms and replaced with non-slip flooring. This is vital in helping to reduce trips and falls, and ensures the hospice meets required infection control standards. The new flooring is much easier to maintain, meaning rooms can be kept fresh and clean on a daily basis. Ventilation units have been built into the patio door panels within the bedrooms. These dual function fans make sure we maintain our patients’ dignity, by allowing smells to be quickly removed, as well as enabling fresh air to be circulated. This is vitally important for those patients who have difficulty breathing and feel claustrophobic. Throughout the refurbishment, a large number of patients, relatives, carers and staff were consulted on everything from choosing colour schemes to picking taps, sinks and cupboards.

Consulting patients and families

Another wider consultation saw relatives and carers choosing the chairs for the hospice visitors. Friends and relatives spend considerable lengths of time sitting beside ill patients, so it was vital that the new chairs made them feel as comfortable as possible. The overall feel of the Sovereign Wing is clean, fresh and uplifting. While maintaining an air of class, it now has a homely quality, which makes the hospice a comfortable place at which to spend time. Find out how Marie Curie's partners support our work