A HOSPICE in Basingstoke is delighted to finish vital refurbishment work to one of its inpatient units.

The work at St Michaels Hospice was done to bring the flooring in the corridor areas up to required infection control standards and the hospice took the opportunity to get other upgrades done to the unit.

The lighting has been changed to more energy efficient spotlights, redecoration was completed, and soundproofing was added to corridors and some of the busier working spaces.
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The refurbishments took just two weeks to complete, after which the unit was open again and patients were being admitted.

Chris Griffiths, director of transformation, said: “We had incredible support from all the trades who assisted us with the work.

“Everyone understood how important it was that the work was finished on time and worked very hard and with great professionalism.

“The support we had from all the hospice team was fantastic too, with everyone pulling together to ensure all our patients and their families continued to receive the care they needed.”

The hospice shared pictures online after the work was done and has said the response was "unanimously positive" with people commenting on how much brighter and airy it looked as well as what a fabulous transformation it was.

The hospice was assisted by the support of the wider healthcare services with Hospices in Winchester and Andover stepping in where inpatient unit care was needed.

Iain Cameron, executive, added: “There has been a real energy around the Hospice, after just 14 days, and a full refurb, we are welcoming patients back to the In-Patient Unit again. Our values are PRIDE, and that’s certainly what I am feeling. Thank you to everyone who has supported us, this is a huge team effort, and I am extremely grateful.”

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The hospice has said it would to thank everyone for their patience and support while the work was taking plance.

A spokesperson from the hospice added: ”These changes would not have been possible if it weren’t for our amazing supporters, with less 16 per cent statutory funding, the whole team at St. Michael’s Hospice are forever grateful to the amazing people who help fund the work that Hospice carries out. These changes will aid our staff for many years to deliver high quality, specialist, palliative care to our patients and families.”

The hospice will now move on to the next phases of its upgrade schedule with the next being a complete refurbishment of its family rooms, further improving the environment for

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