Rebuilding Hospice Care in the Highlands
At Highland Hospice our overall aim is to provide the highest quality of care so after much thought and consideration it has been decided that the most effective way to modernise Highland Hospice is to rebuild our In Patient Unit on the same site in Inverness.
We have now demolished our old In Patient Unit, and building work has begun. As the Hospice is being rebuilt on the same site, our services are temporarily based in different locations. The In Patient Unit is based in the Fyrish Ward of Invergordon’s County Community Hospital, while the day services and bereavement support team are based in Laxford House in the Cradlehall Business Park, Inverness.
Rebuilding Highland Hospice
Before being demolished, our In Patient Unit only had four single and two shared rooms, and these were all much smaller than current guidelines would recommend. We also struggled with a lack of space for bereavement support services and family accommodation. Our team worked hard to maintain an excellent standard of care, but this was despite the building and not because of it.
By rebuilding, we will be able to provide:
- A modern, bright and airy inpatient unit with nine single en-suite rooms and one shared bedroom, improving patient choice and increasing the levels of privacy and dignity offered to our patients and their families. All nine single bedrooms will have more space, making it easier for our team to care for the patient and allowing relatives to stay in the same room as loved ones if desired. All bedrooms will have picturesque views of the river or our gardens, which patients will be able to enjoy thanks to improved access to external spaces.
- Much needed family accommodation enabling friends and relations to relax during the day and stay overnight if required.
- Crucial bereavement support rooms for face-to-face, group and telephone counselling.
- A sanctuary room centrally located at the heart of our new Hospice for patients, families, staff and volunteers of all faiths, and of no faith. This specially designed room will have a day-to-day use as a space of quiet contemplation, whilst allowing for dignified and private arrangements for bereaved relatives to attend the Hospice after the death of a loved one.
- The scope needed to develop our innovative virtual hospice allowing greater access to Hospice care across the Highland area.
The Project Build Appeal has been launched to raise the £4.5m needed to rebuild our inpatient unit, with additional funds coming from Highland Hospice reserves which have been built up over a number of years for this purpose. Highland Hospice is a charity. No charge is made to our patients or their families. We appreciate your support at any time, but by choosing to support our 'Project Build Appeal' you will be making a real difference to the future of hospice care in the Highlands.