HAFAN MENAI

Hafan Menai Therapy Centre Update

The doors to the St David’s Hospice Hafan Menai Therapy Centre in Bangor have been temporarily closed for the past 18 months, and patient services have been suspended. Yet, we have been busy behind the scenes and are using this as an opportunity to explore new ideas and improve the services we provide.

Hafan Menai, based in the grounds of Ysbyty Gwynedd was opened in 2002, as a purpose-built hospice facility. Almost 20 years later, we are now giving it a much-needed refurbishment and also adapting the centre’s service, making it more accessible to a wider cross section of the community.

Although situated in the grounds of the hospital, it is independently run, staffed, and funded by St David’s Hospice.

Part of the refurbishment will introduce a new ‘Drop-in’ Hub. It will offer a relaxed atmosphere where patients and their families can access support, without appointment, from our palliative team. Working closely with specialist teams to support palliative patients at Ysbyty Gwynedd, our team will provide advice, guidance and signposting, offering more choice and enable patients and their families to live as independently as possible.

Therapies will continue to be offered in the new look centre including; art therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and complementary therapies, such as massage. In addition to support from the Hospice social worker, allied Health professionals and bereavement and carers groups.

Glenys Sullivan, Hospice Matron said:

“We are looking forward to re-opening the Hospice for face-to-face contact with patients as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, we have taken this opportunity to improve the facilities and can’t wait to open in Autumn, with a newly revitalised Therapy Centre and also welcoming back our wonderful volunteers.”

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