Take a look at hospice after £1.8m revamp

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Doncaster residents are being invited to take a peek at the new look hospice in Balby which has undergone a £1.8 million revamp.

The new hospice will open its doors on Friday November 14 between 3pm and 7pm for the public to drop in and have a look, before patients are transferred back from the current nearby temporary hospice.

The public has helped to raise £160,000 so far – and fundraising continues towards the £500,000 target.

Since October last year, work has seen the hospice, on Weston Road, completely renovated and it now provides a more modern, welcoming, comforting and supportive environment for Doncaster’s patients facing a life-limiting illness.

The extensive work has seen the main entrance relocated to provide easier access, the former ward area has been transformed to provide ten ensuite single rooms and the day care area has also been completely refurbished. There is now also a separate entrance for ambulances to give patients direct access to the ward.

St John’s Hospice was originally opened in 1992 and each week, on average, 50 day care patients use the service and there are ten hospice beds for people needing overnight medical care. It was originally built and equipped from funds raised by Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust.

Helen Thompson, Hospice Matron, said: “The revamped hospice looks amazing and will be such a comfort to our patients and their families.”