Hospice needs to find a new home

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Nelson Tasman Hospice is on the move – but it needs support from the community to make it happen.

The hospice, which has been at its current Manuka St site since 1999, is currently looking for a 1.4ha site, ideally in or around Stoke or Richmond.

The move comes with the planned expansion of Manuka St Hospital, meaning the current site will not be big enough for both facilities.

Hospice chief executive Frans Dellebeke says he sees the move as a “huge positive step forward,” giving them the opportunity to create something better for patients, families and staff.

The new building, which needs to be up and running by early 2019, will also be able to offer more outdoor space and gardens – something that has always been on the board’s wish-list.

Once a site has been identified, fund-raising will begin, and Frans says he is confident the community will get behind them to help them achieve their goal.

“There is no government money to fund the building of a new hospice, so we will rely on grants and fundraising initiatives, which we know the community will get behind,” he says.

Frans says that recent national census data shows that the Nelson Tasman community is growing, and the ageing population is growing even faster.

“This means that the services they provide will need to keep pace with demands and provide more expert support to other health professionals, particularly those in the community and in aged residential care facilities,” he says.

“We want to plan for a building that will be a centre for excellence that will not only have an in-patient unit but be able to provide increasing palliative care service in the community.”

Nelson Tasman Region Hospice Trust Board chair John Peters says it’s a “critical” time in the hospice’s future, and they “need to get it right” for future generations.

If you know of any suitable land, contact Frans Dellebeke email [email protected].