Provincial Grand Lodge of Lincolnshire
St Andrew’s Hospice, Grimsby
W Bro Eric Phipps describes his visit to the hospice.
“I recently visited St Andrew’s Hospice, Grimsby to represent Horncastle Masonic Benevolent Fund after our recent donation. It is a very modern building designed to give maximum care & attention to children & adults with terminal illness & also offer respite care for longer term condition such as autism. We began our tour in a creativity room, which offers art in the form of painting & model making; there is a gardening section & also a small kitchen. An autistic boy always makes a cake there for his mum on his respite care visit.
Next we saw a Day room & then a typical bedroom furnished to a very high standard small kitchen, entertaining area & wet room. All functions of bed, blinds, lighting & TV are remotely controlled from the bed. A hoist system is cleverly concealed behind the bed to reduce the “hospital” nature of the room.
We then went to “Andy’s” which again is so named to remove any clinical nature from this children’s area.They have hair dressing & beauty therapies, a large play room, a sensory room, which even has floor mounted speakers to allow deaf children to enjoy the room. Finally we were shown a very large Jacuzzi with sound & lighting system & a holder to keep drinks cool for a Jacuzzi party!
There is a very discreet system of lights & sounds to alert staff to any emergency; the response time is 27 seconds! On a more sombre note, when a death occurs it is handled so discreetly that even most of the members of staff are unaware.
All of this costs £3.8 million per year; they have a long “shopping” list for equipment & some landscape gardening needs to be done. So Brethren our money is ‘thankfully received & faithfully applied’ and much more is needed.”