Nightingale House Hospice staff volunteers-and-trustees-gather for the handover of the new Inpatient Unit

Read Construction handover our new Inpatient Unit

Together, staff, volunteers, and trustees were delighted to get the first glimpses of our new Inpatient Unit at the handover from Read Construction, who, along with TACP and many other sub-contractors, have been working tirelessly to complete the building work since April 2023.

Senior Nurse Julie Lloyd explained, “It’s like being a kid at Christmas… We’ve all been waiting so long to see the new Inpatient Unit. It looks absolutely fabulous! Knowing we are going to care for patients in this environment, I am so proud to work here.”

Health Care Support Worker, Michelle Constantine added, “Everyone is quite emotional about the new Inpatient Unit. It looks even better than we ever imagined. Many patients and their families comment on how we provide a high standard of care and attention, and now we have the environment and facilities to match.”

Read Construction has worked with us across all 4 phases of their modernisation plan, which started in April 2023. Chair of the Board of Trustees, Eluned Griffiths, discussed the project, “The Board of Trustees are delighted with the successful completion of Nightingale House’s new Inpatient Unit, accomplished within the projected timeframe and budget.

“I want to express my sincere thanks to all involved: Reads Construction, MKG Advisory, SP Projects, TACP and the staff at Nightingale House who played a key role in leading this project.”

“We have been able to deliver an exceptional, state-of-the-art facility for local families. This facility will provide invaluable care for patients in the local community with palliative or life-limiting conditions for many years.”

The staff at Read Construction have also been eager to raise money for the hospice through various activities and have raised over £5,000, as well as refurbishing the clinical staff toilet area, which was not included in the modernisation plans free of charge with the help of HFS (Hygienic finishing systems), B J Watts Flooring, Cabik, DR Electrical, JRS Mechanical and Focus Décor.

Read Construction Contracts Manager, Damian Bryan said, “Working with Nightingale House Hospice on their modernisation programme over the past few years has been fantastic. We are really pleased that we could be part of such an important project, creating a modern, welcoming, first-class environment for the local community to be cared for in their time of need. When we were asked if we would be able to support sorting the Nurse’s facilities, too, we were more than happy to help. Our subcontractors were also eager to get involved. We want to thank our subcontractors who donated their time, expertise, and resources to make this happen.”

Donations from the public have helped us to fund the modernisation of their Inpatient Unit. Laura Hughes, Ward Manager, shared her gratitude, “We are all in awe of how the public continues to support our appeal and have raised an incredible amount of money so far, but it just keeps going up, and the funds are still very much needed to complete the finishing touches… The new facilities will allow us to care for patients long into the future.”

We are going to be busy over Christmas preparing the Inpatient Unit ready to welcome patients to the Inpatient Unit in the New Year.