TWO new reception areas are to be opened at The Rowans Hospice following a £350,000 makeover.
The hospice in Purbrook now has a dedicated entrance for patients.
The grant from the Department of Health also paid for a redesign of the existing reception area.
The revamp includes a mezzanine floor providing additional therapy space, a dedicated quiet room, as well as a coffee shop serving visitors, volunteers and staff.
The entrances will be officially unveiled on July 25 by Mark Waldron, editor of The News, and Elisabeth Gale, past honorary chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Hospice chief executive, Ruth White said: ‘It was important that the hospice should have a discrete reception to offer patients a degree of dignity and respect as they arrive and leave the hospice.
‘It allows for greater privacy and a more personal service with dedicated volunteers working in the patients’ reception area. We have a lovely new coffee shop in our main visitors’ reception and the finishing touch has been the installation of the beautiful bespoke stained glass windows designed by local artist Tony Kalus.’