Upgrade plan for hospice

Moira Nicoll, chairwoman of Lippen Care.

Moira Nicoll, chairwoman of Lippen Care.

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The Strathmore Hospice at Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre in Forfar is to undergo a major refurbishment over the next few months.

At the recent annual general meeting of Lippen Care, which runs the hospice. chairwoman Moira Nicoll said that as the facility is now 10 years old, it is felt that the time is right to carry out the work.

She said: “It has always been our aim to maintain a high standard in the unit, therefore work will commence with redecoration, followed by flooring, furnishings and maintenance of the gardens.

“This will be our main agenda for the coming months.”

Mrs Nicoll also highlighted continuing training for staff in palliative care and the provision of patient transport to Stracathro and Whitehills, as well as the purchase of equipment for district nurses to care for patients who wish to remain at home.

She added: “As well as funding the completion of the palliative care room in Isla Ward, which has been appreciated by the staff, patients and families using the facility, we have also provided a vital signs monitor for the Prose Ward, as they also now have palliative patients in their care.”

In her report, Moira Hood, manager, praised the dedication and support of the charity’s fund-raisers and volunteers who provide “an invaluable service”, with more than 14,500 hours contributed over the year.

While fund-raising was down from £19,155 to £8489, donations, legacies and Gift Aid all rose to contribute to overall receipts of £102,062 compared to £50,056 last year.