As we have outgrown our much-loved hospice building in Carlton Place, and as it no longer meets our requirements or vision for the future care of our patients and their families, we have begun the task of raising £21million to build a brand new, purpose-built hospice, on a leafy green site in the city’s Bellahouston Park.
We have come so far already, with work now started at the site and patients expected to move in 2018.
Our aim is to bring 21st-century hospice care to the people of Glasgow, a major step forward in the provision of palliative care services, providing us with the flexibility to develop and improve our services, and lower our age limit to include 16-year-old patients and their families.
We will be the first hospice in the UK to follow the Sengetun model of care, which has "placemaking" at the centre of its approach.
This innovative state-of-the-art Scandinavian design puts patients and families first, and provides space for privacy, dignity and compassionate care for all ages.
It is based on research that shows the aesthetic design of a healthcare facility has a measurable impact on patients’ wellbeing.
The idea is to offer patients the quality of life they deserve, in a place that looks and feels like home, and where the clinical and medical assistance sits firmly in the background.
Architecture and art have been consciously designed as an integrated part of the new hospice.
It is understood that patients need security, a sense of calm and a boost from life-giving elements that stimulate feelings in a positive way.
That is where the prescription for the fusion of art and architecture originates.
We are so proud of how far we have come and we are so proud of how much help the community of Glasgow has given us and continues to give us.
Glasgow's new hospice will be an amazing building and a place of peace, and we thank you for helping us on our journey to our new home in Bellahouston Park.