Bishop Andrew visits new state-of-the-art hospice

On Wednesday 24 August Bishop of Guildford, the Rt Revd Andrew Watson, visited Woking & Sam Beare Hospice’s new state-of-the-art building in Goldsworth Park, Woking. The Bishop was welcomed by the charity’s Chief Executive, Jayne Cooper, who showed the Bishop around the new purpose build facility, before he went to meet patients and staff on the ward alongside the hospice’s Lay Chaplain Ann Hugget and Rev’d Kate Wyles, vicar at the local St Andrew’s Church.

“I’m thrilled that the Bishop could come along today and have a look at our fantastic new hospice,” said Chief Executive Jayne Cooper. “He was really interested to learn more about the work we do, both here at the hospice and also in the community, and I think also surprised to discover that we need to raise more than £8 million each year to provide our vital services free of charge to the local community.”

The informal visit lasted two hours, and the Rt Revd Andrew Watson was shown all areas of the new hospice including the café, which is set to open on the 11th September, the Bradbury Wellbeing Centre, where day patients can access physiotherapy, counselling and complementary therapies facilities, the clinical offices, where he met with Consultant in Palliative Medicine Bernadette Lee. He also visited the hospices’ onsite education centre before moving onto the ward, where he meet nurses and patients.

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices opened their new state-of-the-art 20 bedroom hospice, each with en-suite bathrooms and balconies, in mid-May 2017. They care for over 1,400 patients both on their wards and in patients own homes, where over 70% of their care is delivered. They offer care for the whole family throughout the North West Surrey region, enabling patient choice and the best quality of life for people coping with a life-limiting illness.