The Nelson Tasman Hospice are edging closer towards their new $11 million facility after receiving the deposit for the hospice’s current building.
The Manuka Street Hospital are buying the building to allow room for their own expansion and when presented with the $80,000 cheque on Friday, Nelson Tasman Hospice chairman John Peters said it was a milestone for both healthcare providers.
“We’ve known for sometime that this wasn’t going to be our forever home,” says John.
“We’ve been putting money aside but we don’t have enough yet, so contributions like this are very significant and we intend to acknowledge the donation within the building, there will always be a part of Manuka Street in the hospice.”
The money will go straight into building the new $11.5 million facility on Suffolk Rd in Stoke, which will include 10-bed units, consulting rooms, outdoor areas, and space for families to meet and spend time together.
The hospital will give the remainder of the $800,000 for the building to the hospice when they move out of the building in 2019.
Nelson Tasman Hospice CEO Frans Dellebeke says the move is timely given the increasingly expanding hospice services.
“At any given point we have 10 people in the hospice and are looking after around 140 families in the Nelson Tasman area.”
Manuka Street Hospital chairman Graeme Skeggs says it’s good to get to this point.
“We’re both expanding organisations and were put in a position where there was simply not enough room for both of us to grow.”
The hospital are currently completing the first stage of their $25 million extension which will see the addition of 22 private rooms and an extra theatre.