£5m hospice officially opened
The £5m, 15-bed St David’s Hospice Care facility in Newport has officially opened.
The hospice is run by St David’s Hospice Care (SDHC), working in partnership with Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Newport City Council.
The Welsh Government invested £3m in the facility to expand the in-patient palliative care service for terminally ill patients and their families in the community.
The new 15 bed unit has replaced a ten-bed unit at St Anne’s Hospice, which opened in 1979. SDHC cares for more than 3,000 patients and their families each year.
Andrew Scott was the main contractor for the project and the facility was designed by KKE Architects.
Health secretary Vaughan Gething unveiled a plaque to officially open the facility. He said: “The investment from the Welsh Government has enabled the hospice team to deliver patient and family-led services in a new, state-of-the-art facility.
“The team at St David’s Hospice Care has developed a palliative care model which is universally recognised as an example of first class care. Now that the new building is complete and open the charity will be able to support more people who need their help at the end of their lives.”