Thames Hospice hopes to expand with new site at Bray Lake

Tara O'Connor

A new site will allow Thames Hospice to clear its waiting list if it given planning permission.

On Monday, the hospice announced it has secured the option to purchase land to build a 28-bed hospice by Bray Lake.

It’s current 17-bed hospice has been based in Hatch Lane, Windsor for nearly 30 years with an additional community therapy unit in Ascot.

Plans for the new purpose-built facility will be drawn up KKE Architects, specialists in designing hospices, and a planning application is expected to be submitted later this year or early 2017.

The Windsor hospice is at full capacity with up to 10 people a day waiting for care.

With this in mind Thames Hospice reviewed its options to develop the existing site and concluded it could not meet future needs.

Chief executive Debbie Raven said: “A new purpose-built hospice would enable us to support more local people, through providing additional inpatient, outpatient and community services, building on the expert care delivered at our current facility in Windsor for almost 30 years.”

Medical director at the hospice Dr Cecily Wright said the demand for palliative and end-of-life care is rising nationally, and set to continue in the future.

She said: “We are feeling the impact of this increase and are fortunate that Thames Hospice has the opportunity to develop a facility which will allow us to meet the needs of our local community.”

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