THE Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice is looking at a site at Bellahouston Park as a potential location for a new £15million development. The hospice is planning to move from Carlton Place by the River Clyde to the new location.
The move will provide a much-needed purpose-built hospice for city people living with life limiting illnesses, as well as those at the end of their lives. It will be four times bigger than the existing hospice, which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. And the new building will see services developed to cater for patients as young as 15 for the first time. It will also offer patients a single room with access to both as social area as well as a landscaped gardens.
Rhona Baillie, hospice chief executive, said: "It's just the perfect site for us - it's a quiet, leafy area with beautiful outside space. “That's the one thing that we're lacking in Carlton Place. "We always wanted to have a space where they could wheel the patients out in their beds, if they so wished - let them feel the fresh air on their face. "That's why we're very excited about this particular site. Every single room would have an outside space. This is beyond our wildest dreams."
The site in Bellahouston is an eight acre Glasgow City Council depot identified by arms-length organisation City Property (Glasgow) LLP. The old nursery and maintenance depot, surrounded by a brick wall and fencing is not accessible to the public and has not been part of the public amenity of the park for around a century. It is held by the council under the Glasgow Corporation Parks Act and, as such, is not part of the Common Good. Now £15m needs to be raised to make the dream a reality. Money will also be generated by the sale of the existing hospice in Carlton Place.
The Hospice was founded by the late Dr Anne Gilmore and started as a charitable trust called the New Glasgow Hospice in 1981. That same year it was gifted to Charles and Diana as a wedding present.
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