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Watch live progress of work on £5m St David’s hospice site in Newport

March 3, 2016
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Mark Drakeford AM (right) and Malgwyn Davies, Chairman of St David’s Hospice Care cut the first turf to start work.

BUILDING work has started on our new £5m St David’s Hospice in Newport, South Wales – and you can watch it all happening live on social media, explains chief executive of the charity Emma Saysell.

The building of the new hospice is being funded through £3m from the Welsh Government, £500,000 from The Big Lottery and £10,000 from Albert Hunt Trust. The one and half acre site for the new hospice was donated by Newport City Council.

And you can watch work as it happens via a photo feed on Twitter which is updated every 15 minutes.

The specialist 15 bed hospice will be run by St David’s Hospice Care, working in partnership with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Newport City Council.

St David’s Hospice Care looks after more than 3,000 patients and their families every year. Staff care for patients with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses such as end-stage heart failure and motor neurone disease.

The charity serves a population of over 600,000 people from Newport, Caerphilly, Torfaen, Monmouthshire as well as Mid and South Powys, providing its services free of charge.

The development was a landmark day for hospice care in Wales as it is the first purpose built voluntary sector in-patient hospice in Wales this century.

Welsh Government Health and Social Services Minister, Mark Drakeford, who officially broke the ground at the site of the new hospice in Newport said the investment will allow St David’s Hospice Care to deliver patient and family-led services in a new, state-of-the-art facility.

 

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He added that team at St David’s Hospice Care has developed a palliative care model which is recognised as an example of first class care.

We’re so grateful to Newport City Council, Welsh Government, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and the Big Lottery Fund for recognising and investing in our shared vision.

The new in patient centre, which will be linked to the current day hospice by a corridor, is due to open in June 2017 after a 60 week construction programme. It will replace the existing 10 bedded St Anne’s Hospice unit.

The main contractors are Andrew Scott, while Newport-based Whitehead will carry out the mechanical and electrical work on the new hospice .

 

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