PLANS to create a new £20 million state-of-the-art hospice for terminally ill patients by a borough charity in Solihull can be viewed by members of the public next week.
Marie Curie Cancer Care is hoping to relocate from its current hospice in Warwick Road to a new site in Marsh Lane if planning permission is granted by Solihull Council later this year.
The home in Solihull currently provides free expert care and a better quality of life for around 1,000 people with cancer and other illnesses who attend either on a day basis or stay as an in-patient.
New facilities, with improved and additional treatment rooms along with more in-patient beds, single rooms and en-suite facilities would see an estimated 2,000 users coming through its doors.
Liz Cottier, hospice manager, said: “The current building is over 100 years old and while the care we provide is excellent, the building’s size and age is restricting our ability to develop and reach more people.
“Our new hospice will have the most modern of facilities and will offer unrivalled care and support for terminally ill people.
“It would offer more privacy and dignity for patients, families and carers. We have been looking for a piece of land for eight years and we want to stay in Solihull. I look forward to meeting with people locally to share our vision for the future.”
If approval is given, the organisation aims to sell off its Warwick Road site to fund the entire project with the new hospice expected to open in 2012.
Anyone wishing to take a look at the proposals, which includes an artist’s impression of the new site and plans for the existing premises, can do so by attending two public consultation events.
These will be at the Marie Curie Hospice on Warwick Road on Wednesday, March 25 from 4-8pm and on Saturday, March 28 from 10am-2pm.
Mare Curie Cancer Care staff and the charity’s planning consultants will be on hand to discuss the scheme and anyone keen to go one of the events is asked to telephone the hospice on 0121 254 7800 or email the hospice at firstname.lastname@example.org People who are unable to visit, can view the plans and information from March 25 by going to the Marie Curie Cancer Care website at www.mariecurie.org.uk/solihull.