The new hospice building will provide a modern, bright and airy inpatient unit, along with redesigned day therapy spaces, a quiet sanctuary room and increased physiotherapy, occupational therapy and bereavement support facilities.
There will be nine single bedrooms and one shared room, improving patient choice and increasing the levels of privacy and dignity offered, as well as much needed family accommodation for loved ones, three dedicated counselling rooms, and the scope to develop a virtual hospice which aims to extend the reach of hospice care across the Highlands.
Kenny Steele, Highland Hospice CEO, said: "This is an important milestone in the project as it means building work will start within the coming weeks; however, the fundraising appeal is far from over. We need to raise another £1.4m to rebuild our inpatient unit, which is in addition to the £49,000 required per week to deliver our services.
"Throughout the build period our priority will continue to be our patients and their families. Referrals to Highland Hospice will remain the same and although our clinical services will be based in temporary locations while building work takes place, our specialist team will be working from these locations ensuring the same level of care is available to the Highland community throughout."
Donald Mclachlan, Regional Director, Morrison Construction - Highland, said: "We are delighted to have been entrusted with the construction of the new In Patient Unit on the Highland Hospice's riverside site in Inverness.
"We look forward to developing a partnership with the Highland Hospice and successfully delivering a step change in the facilities provided by constructing a new state-of-the-art facility to provide fully sustainable, modern purpose-built healthcare accommodation."
The fundraising target for the project is £4.5m, with additional funds being added from Highland Hospice reserves which have been built up over a number of years for this purpose. Though the generosity of the Highland public, £3.1m of this target has been raised through the Project Build Appeal, leaving £1.4m still to be raised.
For further enquiries:
Morrison Construction - Lynsey Anderson, PR Manager 01324 496089