A MAJOR development is planned for Elland’s Overgate Hospice.
Hospice bosses have drawn-up plans to create a new reception and admissions area and a fundraising shop.
The £150,000 project would be the first major revamp of the hospice since 1994, when the 12-bed in-patient unit was opened. The hospice opened in 1981.
A grant will cover the entire cost of the plans, enabling the hospice to redevelop its reception area to give patients extra privacy.
It will allow the hospice to create quiet areas for families.
The changes have been made possible thanks to a grant from the Calderdale Clinical Commission Group. Planning permission is being submitted this week to make the changes.
Hospice spokesman Laura Golding said: “Admissions to the hospice are continuing to increase as is the volume of visitors to the hospice whether that be family members receiving counselling or supporters in the community.
“As patient numbers increase it is vital that the hospice changes are developed to ensure all patients receive the best possible care.
“It will also give us the chance to create a small fundraising shop instead of the stall we currently have in a corridor”.
Rachel Sheils, Medical Director said: “Until now, patients being admitted to the ward at Overgate Hospice have come through our inviting and lively reception area via the same door as staff, volunteers, visitors and all those members of the public who visit us to give us their generous support.
“Once our reception area is redeveloped, patients will have a calmer and more private entrance, with a covered shelter so that when they come out of a car or ambulance, they will be protected from the elements.Š
“Patients arriving at Overgate can look forward to an excellent standard of care. Very soon their arrival will be even more welcoming.”
The reception development will create a new entrance for patients being admitted to the hospice which will ensure complete privacy. It will also create two quiet spaces for families as well as a small shop for supporters to visit to help raise the funds needed each and every year.