City Hospice, Cardiff’s local hospice, was officially re-opened by Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething AM, after a £150,000 refurbishment to update and modernise the hospice centre.
The charity decided on the refurbishment in order to improve the visitor experience for patients and their families. The improvements, made possible by a generous grant from The Hodge Foundation, include the updating of counselling, therapy and day rooms as well as the reception area at the hospice. The aim was to create a brighter, more welcoming space for those visiting and in turn, make it a nicer place to be in.
City Hospice see around 90 new patients every month and holds a number of groups and sessions at the hospice for those with life limiting illnesses, such as a Motor Neurone Disease (MND) group, Breathlessness Management group, and the Young Adult Palliative Care Clinic. They also hold day centres for patients and carers to do a number of activities, bereavement coffee mornings and children’s bereavement groups.
Liz Andrews, Chief Executive for City Hospice, is delighted with the centre’s new facilities and hopes that the local community will be able to benefit from them:
“We’re so proud of this essential service designed especially for the people of Cardiff. The refurbishment has been a big investment and will ensure that we’re able to provide our patients and families with a truly modern and holistic space. As a leading Cardiff charity, we were built on the goodwill of local people and have been a part of the local community for the last 34 years. We want to continue to help this local community and thanks to generous grants from some amazing organisations, we can keep doing so.”
City Hospice changed its name from George Thomas Hospice Care to City Hospice in August 2017.
Vaughan Gething AM, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services:
“The City Hospice provides invaluable care and support to patients and their families. Its services epitomises the high quality end of life care I want to see provided for the people of Wales. The newly refurbished facilities will improve the visitor experience even further, providing a welcoming and comforting environment for individuals and their families when they are at their most vulnerable.”
A registered charity based in Cardiff, City Hospice provides specialist medical, nursing and end of life care to patients in their own homes. The charity also offers counselling (adults and children), welfare benefits advice and day centres with a range of activities.