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Taken from article printed in the North Wales Daily Post, October 2018

St Kentigern Hospice has been given the go-ahead for a £2.5m extension that will allow it to increase the number of people it supports.

The Hospice wants to extend its day therapy and inpatient facilities as well as increasing the number of beds from eight to 12. The revamp will also include a cafe, which will be open to the public and local community groups. Work, which will take 12 months is expected to start this month.

The charity’s chief executive Iain Mitchell said: “Like any progressive organisation, St Kentigern Hospice needs to remain responsive to the changing needs of the community that it was established to serve, and we need to ensure our facilities always match the changing needs and expectations of our patients.

Under the plans, we will create more space and bespoke facilities for our day therapy, family support services, and inpatients unit.

We are adapting to the needs of our community and we look forward to having the facilities available for more to access our high-quality provision of care.”

St Kentigern Hospice looks after patients from Colwyn Bay to Flint , and as far south as Corwen.

New facilities include accommodation for physiotherapists and an educational area. There will also be investment in new IT infrastructure. The hospice will even be seeking new members of care staff as part of the project, as well as additional volunteers to support it with its activity.

Newly-appointed chairman of the hospice Jim O’Toole said: “St Kentigern is at the heart of the North Wales community, and has provided vital help to thousands of people over the years.

Our plans to ensure we are ready for the future of hospice care have been bolstered after planning permission was granted. It is an important step in making our strategic care ambition a reality.

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