St Peter's Hospice home again after year in Keynsham

December 23 2018
St Peter's Hospice home again after year in Keynsham

After spending just over a year at the Chocolate Quarter, St Peter’s Hospice has moved into a brand new £6.5 million in-patient unit.

The charity, which cares for people with life-limiting illnesses, had based its medical team in Keynsham since October 2017 as it undertook a major redevelopment of its Brentry base.

The temporary move to a section of St Monica Trust’s Charterhouse care home enabled the hospice to continue providing its services without interruption as work was carried out to convert bedrooms into 15 ensuite rooms to provide patients and their families with more privacy.

The Room to Care Appeal, which was launched by actress and patron Caroline Quentin in October 2017, hit its £1.53 million target to cover the remaining cost of the build as the new unit opened last month, thanks to the support of individuals, businesses and organisations across the Bristol area.

St Peter’s Hospice chief executive Simon Caraffi said: “It is the people of Bristol who have made this happen. With this fantastic help we now have a superb building and a 21st-century hospice for Bristol. Not a penny spent on this project has come from statutory funds. Every pound, every penny  donated has come from our supporters.”

Director of patient care Chris Benson said the move to Keynsham was a huge undertaking but brought benefits for the charity and the trust.

She added: “We were made to feel incredibly welcome by the team at the Chocolate Quarter, and feel very lucky that the timing of our building work and the opening of the new St Monica’s care home coincided.

"I think both St Peter’s Hospice and St Monica’s benefited from some mutual learning during our year of working more closely together.

“We both enabled each other’s teams when there were opportunities to do so and have developed some excellent working relationships. We look forward to now being able to show the Chocolate Quarter team around our new build in the coming weeks.”

Roger Hayward, general manager at The Chocolate Quarter, said: "We were delighted to be able to accommodate St Peter’s Hospice while their Brentry base was being developed during 2018. Following a very successful year working together they have now returned to Brentry and we will be opening up Severn South in February 2019. This floor will be welcoming new residents looking for longer term care with St Monica Trust within Charterhouse, adding to those already living with us for dementia and respite care."

Over the next 20 years the redeveloped unit is expected to support 6,250 patients and around 18,500 family and friends. All care is provided free of charge, costing the hospice around £20,000 a day.
Find out more about St Peter’s Hospice at www.stpeters