Chichester hospice drop-in centre opens after refurbishment

Friends and supporters outside the newly opened Orchard Centre. C111499-2
Friends and supporters outside the newly opened Orchard Centre. C111499-2

SUPPORTERS came together to launch the newly-refurbished Orchard Centre at St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Chichester.

The Orchard Centre is part of the day hospice and thanks to a new scheme, patients are now able to drop in each Wednesday to enjoy the atmosphere and use the hospice’s services if needed. Previously, patients had to book in on one of three days.

The hospice’s chief executive, Alison Moorey, was invited to cut the ribbon and afterwards there was an open afternoon which included a question-and-answer session with hospice health professionals, complementary therapy taster sessions and the chance to take part in creative art workshops. Physiotherapist, Chris Rawson also demonstrated the Motomed – a movement therapy machine.

Day hospice manager Glenys Le Poidevin said: “We hope the Orchard Centre will offer a valuable and flexible service for our patients and our carers.”