Philip Hammond visits Sam Beare

Philip Hammond visits Sam Beare

Newly appointed Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond took time out of his frantic schedule and visited Sam Beare Hospice last week to get an update from us on our plans to develop an improved Community Hub for the area.

The hub itself will house an enlarged Community Team, an improved Day Centre, new consultancy clinics, and additional space for physio and occupational therapy. When operational in late 2015 the new hub will allow the Sam Beare Community Team to care for a predicted rise in the demand from patients and their families to be cared for at home. Currently around 250 patients are cared for in their own homes by Sam Beare Hospice.

Our community services are currently working at full capacity, and as people live longer and require more complex support, this pressure will only increase. We have therefore developed a strategy which we believe will help transform End of Life Care in North West Surrey. Key to our plans is Goldsworth House, located at the entrance to Goldsworth Park Centre, which will be transformed into a state of the art 20-bedded in-patient hospice with day patient facilities. As well as being a base for our local community team of nursing staff, the new building will also house services such as counselling, therapies, as well as all our administrative functions.

The existing Woking Hospice building will be rented out, whilst Sam Beare Hospice will be converted into a Community Hub that will be able to offer an enhanced service to the patients and their families across the North of our catchment area.

Work is expected to start soon, with a completion date of Spring 2016.