Help us keep it local.
We’re proud of the work we do and want it to continue. That’s why as we care for people today, we’re also planning for the future.
We have an exciting vision to build a new hospice for the 21st century. This is a fantastic opportunity to create something which safeguards our service, and which can expand to meet the needs of a growing population.
Achieving this is crucial because the lease for our current inpatient unit in Kettering ends in 2023.
Unless we find a new local home, our hospice beds will be lost – leaving none in North Northamptonshire.
That would force people needing inpatient hospice care to travel to Northampton or beyond – including those without their own transport. It’s vital we don’t allow this to happen. We must continue to have a hospice building in the area.
Our plans are ambitious but realistic. Building a new hospice will cost around £8.5m. The Cransley Hospice Trust has committed to raising at least £3m, and we’re seeking support from our local health and care system to provide the balance.
The need for change
The lease for the Cransley Hospice building adjoining St Mary’s Hospital is coming to an end and will not be renewed.
In any case, the unit is cramped, overcrowded, poorly laid out and lacking storage space. It does not offer the facilities for families and carers that other hospices can provide, such as private rooms for discussions with families.
The hospice urgently needs to find a new home, if people in the north of the county are to continue to have access to specialist end-of-life inpatient care close to home.
The best option is to build a new hospice (possibly as part of a larger health or social care development) – initially to replace our existing nine beds, but with the capacity to expand in future.
Population projections show that the number of specialist end-of-life care beds needed for North Northamptonshire (to support both cancer patients and those with other life-limiting conditions) will need to double to 18 by 2028.
Even though the hospice’s lease doesn’t expire until 2023, the relocation process needs to start now. It will take time to find a site, get planning permission, secure all the funding and construct the building. The clock is ticking.
Show your support
To make our vision a reality, we need to secure investment from Northamptonshire’s health and social care system.
There are several ways you can show your support:
- Sign our CHARTER to pledge your backing by filling in the FORM.
- Tell friends, family and colleagues about the challenge we face, and ask them to sign our Charter too.
- Follow us and share our posts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn – and encourage others to do the same. #HelpUsKeepItLocal.
Read answers to questions you may have here Cransley Hospice FAQs