Asset 4

Health

New Inpatient Unit

Value

£7 Million

Architect

JDDK

Contractor

Morrison Construction Ltd

Procurement

Design and Build

Client

Highland Hospice

Our Role

Project Managers / Employers Agent

Risk Management

Key Aspect

The new Unit has been designed and built by Morrison Construction. The original facility demolished in June 2015.  The original hospice at over 25 years old, had only four single rooms and two three-bedded rooms all of which were smaller than current guidelines recommend. Spaces for family and staff were also restricted.

The new Hospice has nine single en-suite rooms and one three-bedded room, the new Unit offers greater choice and vastly improved privacy and dignity for patients.  Work spaces for clinical staff have also been greatly improved, meeting modern healthcare specifications.


All single rooms are now large enough for a family member to stay overnight with their loved one if desired, and the facility provides additional much needed family accommodation enabling friends and relations to relax during the day and stay overnight if they wish.


The facility also provides dedicated bereavement support rooms for face-to-face, group and telephone counselling for the first time since the service was launched in 1994, as well as a unique Sanctuary for patients, relatives, staff and volunteers to take respite from the challenges they face.


An enlarged art and craft room offers improved Occupational Therapy opportunities, and there is also a bigger suite for physiotherapy.  Additionally, there is the space and technological infrastructure needed to support the growth of a Virtual Hospice allowing greater access to Hospice services in more remote and rural communities of the Highlands.

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