Chesterhope Station preferred location for new Cranford Hospice’s home

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Nathalie van Dort

The preferred new home for Cranford Hospice has been recommended as Chesterhope Station, Pakowhai, by a recently released business case (to download the business case, please scroll to the end of the article).

The Cranford Hospice Foundation, together with the Cranford Hospice Trust and the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB), recently announced their intention to undertake a business case to consider a new home for Cranford Hospice.

While continuing to provide outstanding service to Hawke’s Bay the current home of Cranford does not have the land or buildings that can be adapted for the future growth of a modern specialist palliative care facility.

The business case supports Chesterhope Station as the preferred location for a “future focused” Hospice facility Chesterhope Station is located mid-way between Napier and Hastings. It is accessed directly from Pakowhai Road, on one of the main arterials between our two cities. The property is in a secluded rural location surrounded by an arboretum of trees, complete with its own lake and gardens.

“The opportunity to re-locate to Chesterhope will put us at the heart of Hawke’s Bay” says Hayley Anderson, Cranford Hospice Trust Chair. “It’s an absolutely stunning property which I think the people of Hawke’s Bay will appreciate”.

“The Pakowhai location has been made available by a very generous offer of land and buildings by the Joan Fernie Charitable Trust” says   John Buck, Chairman of the Cranford Hospice Foundation. We have been through a detailed business case prepared by the Sapere Research Group. The analysis recommends Chesterhope Station as the preferred location. We will make the business case public so that anyone can view the analysis”.

The business case has been paid for by the Cranford Hospice Foundation and the HBDHB. The report is available on the Cranford Hospice Trust website (please scroll to the end of this article).

“The opportunity to build a bespoke new hospice is very exciting” says Cranford Hospice CEO, Janice Byford-Jones. “I think that this project will be something that the people of Hawke’s Bay can get in behind and is a wonderful location for Cranford Hospice’s new home”.

The Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, the Cranford Hospice Foundation Board, and the Cranford Hospice Trust have all passed resolutions supporting the business case to the next stage which requires a period of intense public consultation.

“We plan to discuss the site with all our key stakeholders before making a final decision to proceed” say Hayley, John, and Janice. At the top of the list are our staff, volunteers and local Pakowhai residents. In addition it is really important that we consult with community clinicians and the general public. We plan a range of meetings over the next 6 weeks to ensure that people get a say.  We are hoping a part of this will include an Open Day at the property so that people can come out, have a look, and make their own assessment”.

“This is an exciting time for Cranford Hospice” say the Hospice leaders. “And it’s really important we listen to the views of the people of Hawke’s Bay on the location before we push the final “Go” button”.

You can download the business case here.