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The newsletter of The Hospice of St Francis
10 Years at Spring Garden Lane
This year marks a special anniversary for The Hospice of St Francis as it is 10 years ago this month that we moved to our purpose-built site in Spring Garden Lane.
On 22 January 2007, we opened the doors to our new multi-winged building for the  rst time, with the Queen’s cousin, The Duke of Kent, conducting the o cial opening ceremony on Friday 9 November later that year.
We had outgrown our former
base – a small converted house
in Shrublands Road, Berkhamsted, previously owned by the Sisters of St Francis – and the local community dug deep to help fund the £6.4 million building project, which put the Hospice amongst the newest of its kind in the country and provided a blueprint for hospices across Europe to model their own facilities on our unique ‘farmhouse’ design.
Our own Medical Director, Dr Sharon Chadwick, joined the old Hospice 14 years ago and remembers, “At
the old Hospice we were very constrained by space. We only had eight beds – a single room, two doubles and a three-bedder and if
a patient needed a single room during their stay, manoeuvring the
beds along a corridor barely wide enough to accommodate a bed was a real challenge!
“There was no capacity for delivering outpatient services and parking was also extremely limited.
“Our vision was for a purpose-built building to help us expand and develop our services and to have rooms better suited for caring for our sickest patients in a peaceful, calm environment that would promote healing in the holistic sense.”
Dr Chadwick recalls the sense of excitement as the project progressed, tempered with considerable anxiety that the homely atmosphere – the old Hospice’s hallmark – could be transferred to the new.
“Thanks to expert change management and close collaboration with the architect, we arrived at a plan for the very special building
we have today,” she says, “we are
so lucky to have such an amazing resource.”
She cited key improvements as:
• Light, airy rooms with a view and access to the 7-acre gardens.
• Hoisting tracks over every bed and bathroom.
• Three bathrooms equipped with specialist tilting and side- opening jacuzzi baths.
• Increased inpatient capacity.
• The ability to deliver an outpatient-based service
from a multi-disciplinary
team of experienced nurses, specialist doctors and allied health professionals, including social workers, a chaplain and complementary therapists.
• More cohesive team working between clinical and non- clinical sta .
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Angela sparkles at our AGM
Double bubbles in TWO great locations!
Make a Will in March and protect your loved ones
Planning a New Year clear out?
Stories from our volunteers
The old Hospice in Shrublands Road
First dig at the new site

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