January the fifteenth. It’s been a significant date for building completions.
The first visitors were welcomed to the British Museum on this day in 1759, while in 1943, the Pentagon in Washington was finished.
To that list, we are proudly adding St Christopher’s Centre for Awareness and Response to End of Life (CARE).
Yes!! The builders handed over possession of the keys to the new £6.5m building on Friday 15 January 2021. Finally, after overcoming every possible obstacle including train tunnels, a global pandemic, inclement weather and Brexit.
This fantastic new facility is now ready to fulfil its purpose: to unlock a space to explore living with dying and loss.
The architects have delivered on our vision for making St Christopher’s CARE a place that’s as much for clinicians as it is for home carers, going beyond just the formal education we deliver, where everyone can find the physical and mental space to consider their hopes, views and fears about death and dying.
The pandemic accelerated our move towards online learning, and we’ve created a cohort of confident digital educators, the cutting-edge technology to provide it and now the space and knowhow to deliver both simultaneously.
It’s about creating a space for everyone to explore living with dying and loss. We’re committed to providing high quality learning opportunities for people wherever they are, whatever their background and whatever their previous learning experience.
Jenny Fogarty, St Christopher’s CARE Lead
St Christopher’s CARE, is a space that the south east London community that St Christopher’s serves, can call home. While doctors and nurses from across the globe are watching a live stream on a new model of nursing, straight from the state-of-the-art lecture theatre, visitors can simultaneously enjoy viewing art exhibitions, participate in a book club or simply take some time out in one of the many quiet and intimate spaces included in the building.
The high-tech Skills Lab provides a facility for doctors, nurses and carers to demonstrate practical skills such as using a syringe driver or moving someone safely in a bed. With cameras fitted all around this space, learners of all kinds will be able to access a fully immersive experience.
The building itself is a wonderful mix of big, open, light and airy welcoming spaces. With lots of glass, visitors will always feel close to the beautiful, landscaped garden and there’s a planted roof which we hope will be an ideal spot for summer events too.
St Christopher’s CARE will help the hospice make good on its commitment to provide high quality learning opportunities for people wherever they are and whatever their background or whatever their previous learning experience.
St Christopher’s CARE Lead, Jenny Fogarty, says: “It’s about creating a space for everyone to explore living with dying and loss. We’re committed to providing high quality learning opportunities for people wherever they are, whatever their background and whatever their previous learning experience.”
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