Hospice Isle of Man has today announced that it has recommenced its refurbishment works at the Strang unit following the Isle of Man Government’s announcement on Tuesday 21 April to allow construction, and related trades, to return to work providing strict social distancing rules are followed.
Making the announcement, Anne Mills, Chief Executive at Hospice Isle of Man, said:
“Before the lockdown measures were introduced during March, our refurbishment works had made significant progress and we had begun the process of planning our return ‘home’ to Hospice at Strang from Southlands in Port Erin. The announcement by the Chief Minister on 21st April means that we can now resume some of the vital construction and fit-out phases and expedite our plans to open our state-of-the-art-facility later this year. I know that with the current social distancing restrictions, our patients, volunteers and staff will be looking forward to moving back in when our beautiful gardens will be in full bloom”
Hospice’s Enhancing the Healing Environment project commenced in June 2019 following the generous support offered by the privately-held local investment group, Tevir. The donation towards the refurbishment costs enabled the charity to make significant changes over a 12-month period rather than over a planned five-year period, so as to meet current and future regulatory requirements as well as the future needs of patients.
Commenting on the recommencement of the works, Tevir Group Managing Director, Ciaran Doherty said:
“It is fantastic news that the refurbishment works can continue. Tevir Group were keen to support and significantly invest in this project as we understood how important it was for those patients undergoing end of life care, and who can’t be at home, to be treated in a bespoke and sensitive environment. We hope that Hospice Isle of Man’s many supporters will also want to help towards new furnishings, fixtures and specialised equipment for the therapy and patient rooms.
"While the pandemic is ongoing, Hospice Isle of Man continues to play an important role in helping our Island community. As well as ensuring that the enhanced patient experience moves closer to completion, the resumption of the works is also welcome news for the local construction sector, which has only recently been allowed to return to work.”
Hospice Isle of Man remains committed during the COVID-19 pandemic, to continuing to deliver all of its vital services to anyone living with a terminal or life-limiting condition and has refocused the delivery of some of its services remotely to maintain well-being and keep our patients and their family’s safe during the pandemic.