THE first-ever hospice on Anglesey is due to open on St David’s Day, 1st March, following outstanding community fundraising efforts and generous grants from trusts and foundations. Local charity St David’s Hospice is now ready to welcome its first patient and families to its satellite unit in Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley, Holyhead.
For the last three years, St David’s Hospice has aspired to opening more beds in North West Wales, bridging the gap in inpatient end of life care services across Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy.
The four-bed inpatient unit, which utilises a redundant ward of the community hospital, now provides the local people of Anglesey respite and end-of-life care for those living with life-limiting illnesses, as well as providing support for many of their loved ones.
Working in partnership with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the Anglesey Hospice is independent of the NHS. St David’s Hospice will fund the clinical team through charitable donations and the local community’s support. The Health Board has provided the space for the hospice as well as the support services, including catering, maintenance, and IT. There will also be a close working relationship between the hospice team and local Health Board services and GPs.
St David’s Hospice Chief Executive Trystan Pritchard said:
“This project will help provide care for the people of Anglesey when they are at their most vulnerable. It’s crucial that patients and families can access the services they need at end of life as close to their own communities as possible.
The Health Board team have been excellent in helping to make this project happen, and we are grateful to the people of Anglesey for their ongoing support.”
Ffion Johnstone, Area Director for West of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, said:
“We are delighted that the new Hospice in Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley is opening. We have worked in close partnership with St David’s Hospice throughout to ensure that the people of Anglesey have access to end of life care closer to their homes. The new four-bedroom facilities provide a modern, comfortable and peaceful environment. We have no doubt that the local community will highly value this much-needed development.”
As part of the funding efforts, the charity successfully secured a National Lottery Community Fund grant of £450,000, which will help fund staff at the satellite unit for three years.
Ruth Bates, Head of North Wales region for The National Lottery Community Fund, said:
“We are delighted to be able to support St David’s Hospice in opening the first-ever hospice on Anglesey. Charity and healthcare workers play an incredible role in supporting their communities. This hospice will ensure that people who need care when they’re at their most vulnerable now have this amazing facility on their doorstep.
“Thank you to those who play the National Lottery for making it possible to fund projects such as this that are making a huge difference to people’s lives.”
Led by Matron Glenys Sullivan, the specialist palliative care team consists of St David’s Hospice nurses, medical team and Health care support workers, who will provide 24-hour care 365 days a year.
The charity will need to raise £440,000 every year to cover the satellite unit’s running costs, and the fundraising effort will continue.
To find out more about how you can get involved in fundraising activities for the new Anglesey satellite hospice, please visit www.stdavidshospice.org.uk or call 01248 858830.