The team behind Boston’s Butterfly Hospice is celebrating the news that it will be able to treat its first inpatient on Monday.
The hospice was officially opened by Sandy Adams this Monday, when the news was delivered by chief executive Judi Byrne who said she was ‘honoured’.
Friends, volunteers and partners attended the event.
Chair of Trustees Yvonne Slater said: “It has been at times frustrating, it has been frantic, it has been fun.
“There has been laughter and there have been tears - but we have succeeded.”
“When we look around at this building, it stands as proof of what a community can achieve when it works closely together,” she later added.
The Rowan Way hospice, built thanks in-part to donations from the public, will cater for patients with a six-bed unit after a three-year deal was struck earlier this year.
Working in partnership, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) and the Butterfly Hospice Trust, will provide palliative, end of life and respite care in an ‘informal and clinically-based environment’ for adults with life-limiting illness.
LCHS Trust Chief Executive Andrew Morgan said he thought the effort which had come together to get the hospice had ‘been worthwhile’.
He said: “This is a fantastic site for the community, we’re going to provide fantastic services through it and through this multi-disciplined team of people.”
“I wish the service every conceivable success going forward,” he added.
The building was officially opened by Princess Anne in 2011. After that the hospice was unable to open to in-patients until it secured a deal of the type signed with the community health trust to ensure the ongoing funding of the service.
The team are now hoping to go on to start phases two and three of the project – which would see even more beds for patients.
* The Butterfly Hospice dream began in former chief executive Sue Wray’s kitchen back in 2000.
*A public meeting that year set the ball rolling and after ten years of planning and fundraising from members of the public the foundation stone was laid by Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds in 2010.
*The building was officially opened in 2011.
*Following the completion of the build however, a reorganisation of healthcare services across the country meant the trust had to rethink its plans slightly.
*It meant the hospice was unable to cater for in-patients immediately after opening as it needed to secure a deal such as that with the Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust - for six in-patient beds.
*This deal was funded by Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group.
*The hospice itself includes Nick’s Room, a room funded by the charity work of Sandi Adams.
*The Butterfly Hospice will care for people with life limiting illnesses and provide support and rehabilitation.
*Butterfly Hospice Trust Chief Executive Judi Byrne said: “For the first time, local people and families will have access and choice to palliative care close to their home. We know this means so much to so many people and we are delighted to be welcoming our first patients. Our staff and volunteer team are looking forward to working with the clinical team to provide the care people need.”