Our Vision

Our Vision
What character will the HOSPICE HAVE?

It will be a home-like environment in a tranquil setting set on a ground floor with easy access to established gardens.

It will feel different to each person who uses it, as care will be tailored to each individual’s physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs.
ARE THERE SUITABLE SITES FOR A HOSPICE NEAR THE LGH?

The most suitable site for our facility has been identified as the Allambi building, located on the corner of Howick and Mulgrave.

Allambi is an old infectious diseases hospital that has been repurposed to suit our needs. With its generously proportioned rooms, high ceilings and enclosed garden courtyards, it would provide an ideal setting for a hospice.
The building is not heritage listed, but the surrounding landscaped gardens are listed, meaning there is very limited opportunity to alter the building’s footprint or further develop the site. 

Allambi has two internal landscaped courtyards, extensive external planting, external verandas that can be accessed from each bedroom and excellent parking. It is also located near the Launceston General Hospital and the John L. Grove rehabilitation complex. 

The hospice itself would only use approximately half of the building’s available floor area, thereby allowing the co-location of the hospice and community based administration clinical support, training, 24-hour telephone assist, respite co-ordination, education and volunteering activities under one roof. 
A CENTRE OF ALL THINGS PALLIATIVE, ALL UNDER ONE ROOF

Locating the hospice facility at the Allambi site provides an opportunity to potentially share staff, services  and resources with the John L. Grove slow stream rehabilitation unit.

The capital cost of repurposing this site into a 10 bed hospice is estimated at $2 million.
WHERE ELSE MIGHT WE LOCATE A HOSPICE, AND WHAT MIGHT THAT LOOK LIKE?

The construction of an equivalent 10 bed hospice on a Greenfield site in suburban Launceston without the co-location of administration, community administration and other services is currently estimated at $3 million, plus the price of the land and infrastructure costs. 

A hospice more remote from the LGH would cost more to construct, manage and service. It would, however, enable incorporation of state-of-the-art design and equipment and for the location to be purpose-built to include environmentally sustainable features.
WHO WOULD RUN IT? 

The Hospice would serve the whole community, run by the state, but with strong community participation to assist in fundraising and celebrating life.

Care would be delivered by both GP and specialist clinicians, while clinical oversight and governance would be under the auspices of the Launceston General Hospital. 

The hospice would run in parallel with the LGH and together with the current community-based service delivery suppliers provide a coordinated 24 hour service.
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