Public Meeting well attended

Following our announcement in November 2013 regarding the future plans for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, a public meeting was held on Tuesday 25 February in Weybridge. The meeting was well attended and was led by Nigel Harding, CEO and Rachel Hill, Director of Clinical Services. The presentation was received in an atmosphere of constructive conversation forming part of an on-going dialogue with our key audiences. To view the presentations, see below.

In November, we annouced that our Hospices’ services are working at full capacity serving over 1,000 patients annually both in the community and from the Hospice buildings and as people live longer they require the more complex End of Life Care that Hospice care offers, so in the future we will see an increase demand on our services.

Against this background the Hospices, led by our Chief Executive Nigel Harding and with the full support of the Trustees, conducted an extensive strategic review of future service provision needs. At the core of the review was the uncompromising determination to deliver excellence in everything the Hospices do including; delivery through in-patient units, day units, at care and residential homes and within patients own homes.

The review produced many recommendations which now form a challenging Strategic Plan for the Hospices. The plan includes two recommendations fundamental to the future sustainability of the Hospices in the community:

o to change the organisational infrastructure, moving to a single in-patient unit
o to grow capacity in day care and community care services to meet future demand and align service care provision to national guidelines

The loan from Woking Borough Council has enabled the Hospices to act quickly on these recommendations which will help to transform End of Life Care in North West Surrey. The financing will help to create a new Hospice and centre of excellence with a 20 bed in-patient facility to be located in Denton Way, Goldsworth Park, Woking.

Underpinning this work, the Hospices will work even more closely with all its valued donor partners – large and small who together make such a massive contribution to sustaining the on-going work of the Hospices in the community.

To read the full press release click here.

The Hospices will provide regular progress updates through the design and refurbishment phases of the project through to the opening of the facility which is anticipated during the second half of 2016. For the immediate future it will be business as usual as in addition to planning for the future, we will continue to provide our patients and their families with the expert care on which our reputation is founded.

Public meeting presentation 4th December 2013 held in Weybridge

Public meeting presentation 25th February 2014, held in Weybridge