Harlington Hospice has submitted a planning application to build a brand-new 20-bed end-of-life care unit at its Headquarters in Harlington.

This will provide critically-needed hospice beds in the borough, which currently has access to fewer than 20 specialised hospice, and advanced-care beds, for local people who are sadly facing their last days. Harlington Hospice currently provides dedicated hospice support to people in their own homes. However this is not suitable for all patients meaning some people are inevitably admitted to hospital.

Once complete, the new unit will boast all en-suite bedrooms set in a supportive, calm and peaceful environment. All of the rooms will look out onto green open space and some will have a small private patio area enabling patients to enjoy being outside during good weather.

It will cost about £3.5 million to build and will take up to 12 months to complete. Some of the money will come from grants and funding bids. A large-scale public fund-raising campaign is also being launched. The charity will initially borrow the money to get the project underway but wants to repay any loans as quickly as possible to ensure more of its funds are spent on patient care.

Steve Curry, Chief Officer of Harlington Hospice said: "There is an urgent need for end-of-life hospice beds in Hillingdon. The limited availability of these types of beds is shocking given the growing need for this kind of care. It’s also why we see more people dying in a hospital bed in this borough than in many other places. We are keen to get the building work underway as soon as possible so that we are able to provide local people with the best possible care, in the right setting, in their final days.”

Hillingdon Council is expected to consider the planning application in mid-June.

To register support for this proposal please visit: PLANNING LINK TO HILLINGDON COUNCIL’s PORTAL