Woking Hospice was opened in December 1996 to provide palliative care and support for patients and their families living in central Surrey. Until 23 May 2017 it was located in Hill View Road on the outskirts of Woking town, but has now moved to our new state-of-the-art facility in Goldsworth Park Centre, Woking.
Sam Beare Hospice, located at Clive House in Weybridge, is the base for our team of Community Nurses, who provide care and support to our patients and their families in Weybridge and the surrounding areas.
Hospice care is based on the belief that each person is more than their illness, and that each of us has unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs. Woking & Sam Beare Hospices responds to the needs of each individual, helping people achieve the best possible quality of life.
A Brief History
There’s a hospice in Woking today because the local community spent five years raising money to build one. In 1990, Rhod Lofting, now a Trustee and Life President, launched an appeal for a local hospice. He did it because he didn’t want anyone else or their families to endure what he did when his father died or anyone else’s loved one to suffer such indignity during their last days. After five years of fundraising, Woking Hospice welcomed its first patients in 1996. Since then, Woking has provided special end-of-life care to very ill, very frightened patients and their relatives and has continued to grow and improve, benefiting thousands of local patients and their close families, at one of the most important, yet most difficult times of their lives.
In 2005 a new nursery with eight intensive care cots was opened by HRH The Countess of Wessex. The costs of the building work and extra staff were met by the NHS, but to provide the specialised equipment we needed charitable funds.
The Little Roo Neonatal Fund was set up by a team of doctors, nurses, parents and support staff and is part of the Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals Charitable Trust (Reg Charity 1058567) with the specific aim of supporting the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Each Neonatal Intensive care cot costs in the region of £80,000 to fully equip, and they have also have been able to purchase an ultrasound machine (£60k), equipment to help babies breathe (£4k to £20k each), a breast milk pasteurizer (£19k) and devices for treating and monitoring potential brain injury (£20k).
There is always an ongoing need for additional and replacement specialist equipment, and also to send staff for specialist training that the NHS cannot provide funding for.
The Little Roo Neonatal Fund therefore raises money to provide the support that the St. Peter’s Neonatal Unit continues to require to offer the highest standards of intensive care for babies born in Surrey and further afield.