Welwyn Garden City's Isabel Hospice set to move in-patient care off site

PUBLISHED: 10:49 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:49 24 February 2016

Rod Leggetter Isabel Hospice Trust chairman
Picture courtesy of Isabel Hospice

Rod Leggetter Isabel Hospice Trust chairman Picture courtesy of Isabel Hospice

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Isabel Hospice will have to move its in-patient care off site for six months if new housing gets the thumbs up.

Isabel Hospice in-patient unit in Welwyn Garden City
Picture courtesy of Isabel HospiceIsabel Hospice in-patient unit in Welwyn Garden City Picture courtesy of Isabel Hospice

The developer Bellway Homes is hoping to build houses around the Isabel Hospice In-Patient Unit at Howlands, in Welwyn Garden City, which provides specialist palliative care throughout eastern Hertfordshire.

Chairman of Isabel Hospice Trustee’s Rod Leggetter said: “The Howlands situation is one that has been imposed on us but we will not allow it to distract from our efforts to care for people across the 250 square miles of our eastern Hertfordshire catchment area.”

In 2014/15, Isabel Hospice cared for 1,371 patients and of those, 220 were admitted to its In-Patient Unit.

Mr Leggetter added: “Turning to the demolition of the old QEII hospital and the subsequent building of new housing.

“This development will inevitably cause disruption that means that we will have to move our In-Patient care off site for a period of about six months.”

See the WHT for the full story.

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