Countess opens hospital extension

Tour: Staff nurse Lesley Knight and Hospice Chief Executive Mike Wilkerson with the Countess.
Tour: Staff nurse Lesley Knight and Hospice Chief Executive Mike Wilkerson with the Countess.
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A NEW £3 million extension at Rotherham Hospice has been officially opened by its patron the Countess of Scarborough.

The Countess toured the improved facilities with chief executive Mike Wilkerson, who said the extension would make a real difference to people in the town.

“It’s exciting to stand here today and look at a hospice which is both fit for purpose and fit for the future,” he said.

The extension, completed last month, includes 10 en-suite bedrooms, with outdoor areas and spectacular views.

Mr Wilkerson said: “We had always intended to build an extension to the hospice to help meet the increasing patient demand. The opening of six extra beds will mean we can now care for 14 in-patients, so increasing our services by 75 per cent.”

The extension has a ground source heating system, solar panels and a modern environment meeting all clinical requirements.

It also provides full day care for 15 people five days a week as well as community services to deliver support and care at home.

“At the same time the extension still has the homely feel our patients, families and carers value,” Mr Wilkerson added.