Thames Hospice is a charity providing vital care and support to people across Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire facing a life-limiting illness. Our patients have complex medical, therapy and nursing needs and need the kind of care that only a hospice can give. It costs £8 million every year to keep our Hospice running. We rely on our community for over 50% of the funds we have to raise annually to provide our services free of charge, 365 days a year, to the people who need us.
Every day there are up to 10 families unable to access our care because we are full
We are one of the busiest independent hospices in the UK, but are now no longer able to keep up with the increasing number of people who desperately need our services. Every day our Inpatient Unit and Community Services are full but every day there will be up to ten people waiting for a bed. The current situation will only get worse as our local population ages. Our much-loved existing building in Windsor has been added to, altered and expanded and cannot be adapted any further to meet the growing demand.
We are building a new £22 million hospice for the local community
After several months of planning, we were granted planning permission in 2017 to build a new, larger state-of-the-art hospice. Set in eight stunning acres by Bray Lake, the new hospice will include 28 private inpatient rooms all with en-suites and space for families to stay overnight. We will be able to double our day services provision in a dedicated Day Therapy Centre, and a brand new education centre and library will enable us to support community healthcare professionals involved in end-of-life care as well as carers.
Our dream is finally becoming reality
Construction of the new £22 million hospice started at the beginning of this year and will be completed by the summer of 2020. Debbie Raven, Chief Executive of Thames Hospice, talks about why we need to build a new hospice for our local community. Click here to watch.
The new hospice will include:
- 28 private Inpatient rooms with en-suites and space for family to stay overnight
- A dedicated family room where families can be together whilst still providing privacy for patients
- A new Day Therapy Centre (the Paul Bevan Centre) will enable us to double our day service provision
- A brand new Education Centre so we can support healthcare professionals and our community partners
- A gym (the Louis Baylis Gym) for patient rehabilitation
- The Sanctuary will offer a space for quiet reflection and special occasions such as patient weddings and birthday parties
- Open reception area and café
- Eight acres of beautiful wheelchair friendly gardens
- Free parking for visitors
Our new hospice and expanded community services will be able to support all of those who need us when we open in 2020. If you would like to know more about the build, designs and plans please call us on 01753 842121 or email us.
Find out what the new hospice will mean to the community in the film below and take a look at our other films here.