November 2017 marks Duchess of Kent’s 25th year of providing expert hospice care.
Over the past quarter of a century, and with the support of the local community, the hospice has been able to provide care to many thousands of patients and their loved ones facing a life limiting condition.
Initially an NHS organisation, Sue Ryder took over Duchess of Kent Hospice in 2011 and has dramatically improved and expanded the service thanks to generous donations from the Duchess of Kent House charity, local beneficiaries and statutory funding.
In 2015, patients’ privacy and dignity was the central focus of refurbishment works at the hospice. It transformed the inpatient unit from four bedded bay areas into 15 en-suite bedrooms, expanded the day hospice into a brighter, lighter and more private space, and a new family room was designed for patients with small children or large families - allowing freedom and space to spend as much time with loved ones as possible.
Sue Ryder’s expert care team includes doctors, nurses, care assistants, physiotherapists, occupational and complementary therapists, social workers, bereavement support workers, family support team, chaplain, and volunteer befrienders.
Whether supporting people in the hospice or their own homes, the charity’s focus is on quality of life - giving every patient the care and support they need to spend the time they have left in the way they choose.
Achieving an inspired vision
The Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent team celebrated the 25 year anniversary with colleagues, volunteers, supporters and dignitaries at a Tea Party hosted at the hospice in Liebenrood Road, West Reading, on Wednesday 15th November.
Maria Turnbull, Interim Hospice Director at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent, said: “The vision of those involved in setting up this hospice is inspiring and laid the vital foundations for what we have become today. We believe everyone at the end of life deserves free access to compassionate and personalised care and we are committed to offering services that directly respond to the needs of our patients.
"Each and every contribution - whether that is time, money or raising awareness - helps us to achieve this ambition.”