Well it seems a long time since last week when I spent a day in this tent overlooking a lake on the Yorkshire moors - view on the right. (I think tent is an exaggeration, as it offered little protection.)
I am delighted to say that at a meeting this week with the architects, we have agreed the contractor, who is going to undertake the work on the In Patient Unit. The quotations for all the work have come in line with expectations, this means we will be able to do all the work we have planned. However we will be working to a tight time frame and there will be little or no movement to make any further changes to the plan.
It is hoped that we will begin the work around the 21 - 28 April and it will take 16 weeks. We are being visited by the Health Care Commission on 7 April to assess whether our new Day Hospice department is fit to receive patients and a great deal of work is happening to ensure that we pass. (We will have a contingency plan if we don't pass on that day.)
We have also received the grant from the Department of Health and will be submitting reports to them about what the work we are doing.
I must say the fact that we have got to this point so efficiently, is much to the credit of all the people who have been working so hard in agreeing specifications and deciding on fixtures and fittings. I know many people across the In Patient Unit and Day Hospice have spent hours pouring over plans and details .
One of the key people in all of this has been Colin Bacon who has been been working tirelessly with the architects and all the firms that have been visiting as well as coordinating all the office moves that have been happening. Always ensuring that people have phone and computer access.
I hope will join me in giving him our heartfelt thanks.