New era of Hospice care step closer as charity takes ownership of facility in Thurrock

BUILDING works on the new St. Luke’s Hospice site in Thurrock are complete and the building has been formally handed over by developers, paving the way for an opening later this year.  

After years of planning and many months of works, the building has formally been handed over to St. Luke’s Hospice by housing developers Skye Strategic Land Limited, who committed to building the Hospice as part of its development at the site. The building will now be fitted out in preparation for a planned opening later this year.

The new six-bedroom Hospice facility at Thurrock will act as a ‘twin’ site to St. Luke’s existing Hospice in Basildon. The additional In-Patient Unit beds will bolster the charity’s offering in the local community, with a total of 14 beds being available across both sites.

As part of the programme to be offered at the Thurrock Hospice site will be new clinics and therapy facilities, a learning centre, adult and children counselling services, hospice gardens and a bistro café which it is hoped can be opened to the community.

Eileen Marshall, CEO of St. Luke’s Hospice, said: “After many years of planning and construction, we’re thrilled to be a huge step closer to completion of the Hospice. This has been a challenging year and we’re proud of the progress that has been to provide this incredible facility for our community later this year. This Hospice, alongside our current Hospice in Basildon, will enable us to provide more of our specialist care for those who need us now and well into the future.”

The construction of the new Hospice by contractors Natta, was enabled by Redrow’s “The Shires” development, which included the funding for the new Hospice. It was also possible thanks to a number of funders who have provided support to help fit out the Thurrock location.

For more information about the services offered by St. Luke’s Hospice and to keep up-to-date with developments, visit www.stlukeshospice.com, call 01268 524 973 or follow the Hospice on social media; @StLukesHospiceB on Twitter and @stlukeshospicebasildonthurrock on Facebook.

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