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Haven House refurb to be finished by May

PUBLISHED: 14:28 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:28 09 March 2018

Haven House Children’s Hospice is currently undergoing its biggest refurbishment since it first opened in 2003. Photo: Kim Rix

Haven House Children’s Hospice is currently undergoing its biggest refurbishment since it first opened in 2003. Photo: Kim Rix

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Haven House Children’s Hospice has said that it will be ready to open a newly refurbished hospice for its families by the middle of May.

Haven House Children’s Hospice is currently undergoing its biggest refurbishment since it first opened in 2003. Photo: Scott RobertsHaven House Children’s Hospice is currently undergoing its biggest refurbishment since it first opened in 2003. Photo: Scott Roberts

In January, the Woodford Green hospice launched its biggest ever refurbishment programme to upgrade its care facilities including a larger lift, and a new kitchen and cafe.

Some of the biggest changes include to installing a bigger lift to make it easier to access the bedrooms, and the complete redesign of facilities on the first floor with a new family area, wet rooms, floors and a new bedroom for teenagers.

The bereavement suite is also being moved closer to the family flat to provide more privacy.

Overall the space inside the hospice is being increased and made more accessible with a new open-plan nurses station, wider door frames and partitions are being removed.

On the ground floor a new kitchen and café means families will be able to enjoy refreshments and the area will also provide a hub for staff.

The hospice is celebrating its 15th birthday this year, and since it opened in 2003 it has supported over 900 families, looking after children and young people aged from birth to 19 who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

By 2020 the charity wants to be able to support 500 children each year across its services - and the refurbishment is all part of this plan.

As the work takes place, respite and residential services have been moved from the High Road hospice to the Holly Private Hospital in Buckhurst Hill.

While therapeutic support such as physiotherapy, music therapy and yoga therapy continue to be provided in Haven House’s Holistic Care Centre.

Mike Palfreman, chief executive of Haven House, said: “We are so grateful to The Holly for providing use of their facilities as we undertake our biggest ever refurbishment programme since opening in 2003.

“Their generosity has meant we have been able to progress smoothly and quickly and continue to offer excellent respite care for our families.

“When the work is completed by the middle of May our families and staff will have a newly refurbished hospice.”


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