The Duchess of Westminster officially opens Hospice’s new extension and Living Well centre
On Tuesday 27 June, the Duchess of Westminster conducted the official opening of the new extension and Living Well Centre at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. This special occasion enabled the Hospice to thank everyone who supported the project and gave invited guests an opportunity to see the huge difference the new facilities have made.
The Duchess was keen to meet some of the patients, members of staff and volunteers as part of the event while she was taken on a tour of the new building and Living Well Centre.
Margaret Wright, Chief Executive of Hospice of the Good Shepherd, said, “We were privileged to welcome the Duchess of Westminster to formally open the new extension and Living Well Centre. Hospice services have traditionally been seen as supporting people who are approaching the end of their life.
We are extremely pleased with the new extension and Living Well Centre which provides vastly improved facilities for our patients and their families.
Within the Living Well Centre, our aim is to involve people at an earlier stage. In addition to supporting patients following a diagnosis, we are also able to provide support to their families and carers who are important to them.”
The new extension gives the people of Chester, Deeside and Cheshire a welcoming reception area, inviting Coffee Shop, and staff offices. Whilst the Living Well Centre includes a multi faith room, spacious day room , four single ensuite inpatient rooms, private consultation/treatment rooms and offers a range of services, such as complementary therapies and physiotherapy. Significantly, this has increased the capacity for day patients by 150%.
The Hospice supports patients, families and carers with a variety of progressive conditions for which there is no cure, such as cancer, heart, kidney and respiratory diseases, and some neurological conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.
Pictured left to right : Jane Mercer, The Sheriff of Chester; Dr Virginia Clough, Chair of the Board of Trustees; Nicole Meardon, Mayor of Ellesmere Port; Duchess of Westminster; David Briggs, Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire; Margaret Wright – CEO Hospice of the Good Shepherd