Slideshow: Innovative ‘hospice in a hospital’ is set to open its doors in Grantham

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These pictures show just how much work has gone into creating a warm, welcoming atmosphere for patients at the pioneering ‘hospice in a hospital’ in Grantham.

The Journal was invited to take a tour of the brand new facility within Grantham Hospital ahead of its public launch on Saturday.

One of six patient rooms at the 'hospice in a hospital' in Grantham

One of six patient rooms at the 'hospice in a hospital' in Grantham

Members of the public are invited to look around the six-bed inpatient unit, which will begin to care for patients choosing to receive help from St Barnabas Hospice from Monday.

The design of the facility closely mirrors that of the redeveloped hospice in Barrowby Road, and project manager Karen Rossdale said she could not be happier with the finished product.

She said: “I’m thrilled with it, and really excited.

“We’ve tried to push the boundaries as far as we can to create an environment that is homely, friendly, comfortable and relaxing, but that will still meet all the standards.”

Karen believes her team has thought of everything, from which materials to opt for, to the best use of space. They have ensured each patient has their own outdoor space adjoining their room, and have even allowed for beds to be pushed outside to allow patients to get fresh air whatever their condition.

Families are well looked after, with a relatives’ room available if needed and a lounge where they can spend time with their loved one.

St Barnabas corporate fund-raiser Tina Dingley believes the ‘hospice in a hospital’ will be a “weight off their shoulders” for relatives, adding: “They know their loved one is going to get the care they need.”

Each room is named after a tree, such as Cedar, Maple and Oak. Local artist Shelley Marsden created artwork throughout the facility, while her son was asked to make colourful names panels to label each room. Being involved was poignant for the pair as Shelley’s husband was cared for by the hospice in Barrowby Road.

Meanwhile, two students from Grantham College, Leanne Freeman and Jemma Cole, were each tasked with creating a piece of artwork, one adorning the wall in the lounge and the other in the relatives’ room.

Special attention was paid to the design of the reception, said director of patient care Jane Bake. She said: “We wanted a feeling of space, particularly in the reception area, because it can be quite fearful coming in for the first time. It can be very daunting.”

Jane said patients will stay on average 12 days in the unit, depending on their circumstances. Some may choose to die at the facility rather than at home, while others may stay in a room for symptom control before returning home.

However long their stay, the 10-strong team of nurses manning the unit will ensure they have the best possible care.

* An open day will be held at the hospice unit at Grantham Hospital on Saturday, 10am-3pm. All are welcome to go and take a look around the facility. Parking is free (only spaces which are not reached through a barrier).