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Project information

MCL New Build

The Macmillan Unit provides palliative care for hundreds of terminally ill patients. Our current building is very old and unable to support the vital work delivered by our staff and volunteers. Our new building will make a huge difference to our patients and their families through end of life care.

Approxmately one year

Charity information: Macmillan Caring Locally

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  • Need


    Our current unit is too small and does not have the capacity to provide adequate care for the growing number of patients referred. There is a lack of privacy, difficulty in reaching facilities for treatment and not enough space for the unit to function as effectively as it could. This means that patients have to be transported to other parts of the hospital for treatment and sensitive conversations sometimes need to be held in areas that are too open. Referral numbers also continue to grow.


    The new building will mean that patients have all the facilities they need to support them through end of life. Patients and their families will have more privacy and we aim to provide a building that is relaxing, welcoming, peaceful and not like a hospital. In turn, our staff will be able to deliver the high standard of care they already provide but with the space and facilities they need. Our building will be state-of-the-art and the cornerstone for the future of palliative care in our area.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve our high level of care to terminally ill patients and their families and carers.


    » Build a new unit that has the capacity for equipment and space required for treatment and care.

    What success will look like

    By delivering all elements of support to our patients under one roof ensuring better patient comfort and less transportation.

    Aim 2

    Continue to accept the growing number of referrals to our unit.


    » Design the building in order to accommodate the growing number of patients referred for now and into the future.

    What success will look like

    Building a unit that has a greater capacity for patients and for the various pieces of equipment each patient requires for different illnesses.

    Aim 3

    Support our staff and volunteers in their work.


    » Provide space within the new building for staff to work without distraction and provide patients with all the support they require.

    What success will look like

    Provide office space and private rooms for staff to work and deliver the service to patients.

  • Impact


    The building will provide a much improved service to patients and their families - the standard of care currently delivered by our staff and volunteers is exceptional but the support for this work is limiting. It will give patients, families and carers a place to go where they can relax and feel at ease, away from the hospital environment. The building will also allow for a much better working environment for staff and volunteers.


    A lack of funding. We have a campaign plan in place and an increase in fundraising staff to manage this risk.


    Reports through project updates, opportunities to visit the unit and honouring other individual report requirements

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000,000 Complete new build Building including furniture, equipment, garden and facilities

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Macmillan Caring Locally reserves £5,000,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The building will be on the site of Christchurch Hospital in Dorset and will support many people in the surrounding area.


    There were 1543 referrals in 2016 - a rise from 581 in 2006. Our patients, their families, carers and visitors, our staff and volunteers will all benefit very much from this project.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We deliver a vital palliative care service in our area and have been awarded ‘Practice Development Status’ making it a Centre of Excellence for Palliative Care. The new building will be designed around our patient's needs and will support the fantastic level of care delivered by our staff and volunteers.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lin Sharp

    Capital Appeal Director

    Our Staff

    Staff who provide support or a direct service to our patients . All staff are committed to the success of this building for the future of our care.

    Our Volunteers

    All our volunteers are dedicated to the work they do at Macmillan Caring Locally and are wholeheartedly supporting our plans for the new building.


    Our trustees are supporting our building plan and ensuring that all elements of the build are completed with patients, staff and volunteers in mind.