As many of you will know, we have our In-Patient Unit (IPU) located behind the QEII Hospital, Howlands, Welwyn Garden City. Whilst the decommissioned hospital building is being demolished, the Hospice’s IPU services will be relocated as of 7th November on a temporary basis.
Elizabeth Paske, Director of Clinical Services said “We are being absolutely clear in our message to the public and all our supporters, Isabel Hospice is not closing! We are simply relocating our in-patient services for a short period to the Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home in Tamblin Way, Hatfield, starting on 7th November.
With the demolition of the hospital building going on around us, the environment is not conducive to offer end-of-life care at the IPU. We have been working closely with the care home to make this as seamless a move as possible and we are confident that although we will have reduced bed capacity in those six months, the care we offer our patients and their families will still be excellent.
We intend to extend our Hospice at Home service and offer an enhanced Hospice at Home service to make up the shortfall of care that we currently offer at the Unit. We see this as an opportunity to be able to care for more patients in their own homes than we do currently. The clinical staff, as well as the volunteers that currently work out of the Unit, will be transferring their specialist skills to the Hospice at Home team and we still be caring for the local community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.”
Director of Care Operations, Stephen Rees from Sanctuary Care, which runs Hatfield Residential and Nursing Home added: “We are delighted to be working with the team at Isabel Hospice to ensure that their In-Patient Unit services continue to support local people.”
Updated information will be found here throughout the progression of the move.