Project information

Renewing the Inpatient Journey

The big idea of the project is that people at the end of their lives, as well as their families, should experience care in the same quality of environment as we would want for those at the start of their life journey.

August 2010 - March 2011

Charity information: Halton Haven Hospice

Halton Haven Hospice logo
  • Need


    There is no facility within Halton for respiratory or wheelchair bound patients to access specialist palliative care. The Hospice wishes to solve this problem by remodelling its facilities so that it can care for these as well as the more "traditional" cancer patients.


    We will create 3 rooms with french windows and air conditioning for respiratory patients. We will also create 4 large individual rooms with level access ensuite wet rooms for wheelchair patients.
    In addition we will create a large extension, glass roofed and with doors which open full width to allow these patients to fully experience the grounds of the Hospice.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To allow respiratory patients to receive specialist palliative care


    » We will provide 3 individual rooms with air conditioning and french windows

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by monitoring the number of admissions of respiratory patients.

    Aim 2

    To allow wheelchair users to receive specialist palliative care whilst retaining their dignity.


    » We will provide 4 large single rooms each having level access en-suite wet rooms.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by monitoring the number of admissions of wheelchair using patients.

  • Impact


    The changes will allow us to extend the availibility of our specialist palliative care services to 2 new groups of people. It's success will be demonstrated by monitoring the number of patients treated from these 2 groups.


    There is a risk that local people might continue to perceive the Hospice as solely for cancer patients. This risk will be addressed by widely advertising the new facilities.


    By email, monthly progress reports.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £369,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £330,000 Building Work Creation of rooms and extensions
      £39,000 Bath, Mattresses, fittings Jacuzzi bath and pain relieving mattresses, specialist chairs, pictures etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Department of Health £346,000 Guaranteed
    private donors £12,500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Runcorn, part of the Borough of Halton, the 33rd most deprived borough in England


    Up to 7 patients at a time. Our normal length of stay is 14 days so a toatal of 175 people per year will benefit. The area has a very poor health record and these people might otherwise have to cope either in a much less suitable hospital setting or at home.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are already the only provider of specialist palliative care in the borough. The project aims to make our expertise more widely accessible.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Linda Smout

    She is the Director of Clinical Services who initially identified the need and then the solution.

    Shaun Pollard

    Director of Corporate Services - responsible for finding the resources to fund the project

    Chris Pearson

    Project Manager - specialist responsible for delivery of the project to standard, on budget and to time.