We are pleased to introduce the designs for the Garden Annex and Sobell Clinic!
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are now able to consider making the Sobell House building bigger that will better meet the future needs for end of life care in Oxfordshire.
Over the past nine months the clinical teams on the ward and lymphoedema together with the charity have been working with GBS Architects to develop a concept for the new building. Our aim has been to provide facilities that will complement those of the existing hospice and cater for increasing numbers of patients with conditions that are more complex.
The building has been designed to give extra ward space which will be dementia friendly. This is labelled ‘new Annex’ on the plan shown on this page and is built on to the existing night entrance. It will provide space for 6 beds that can be cared for from one central point which will make it easier to safely care for those who are confused or at risk of falling.
The Sobell Clinic will allow patients, particularly those with lymphoedema, to be looked after in purpose built clinic rooms. This space will reflect the design and colour-scheme of the current reception area to give a pleasant, light and welcoming environment space in which patients feel safe. The aim of the Sobell Clinic is to support people to maintain their independence for as long as possible.
Upstairs will be the charity offices and staff area to include changing rooms and staff sitting room together with some meeting rooms and break out space for less formal meetings.
The garden design has been donated by Susan Dunstall. After discussion with the clinicians, the garden has been designed to ensure that there is safe access for all and includes private spaces as well as the opportunity to wander. All the rooms facing the new courtyard garden can have the beds wheeled outside.
The next phase of the plan is to obtain planning permission and to go out to tender to choose the people who will take the building from the plan to completion. We are hoping to start building this autumn with an expected completion date in early 2019.
We are still fundraising to ensure that we can build a building that meets the End of Life care needs of those in Oxfordshire for the next 40 years and are grateful for your time, support and and look forward to keeping you updated as the project progresses.
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