At St Catherine’s, we are committed to providing the best care for those who need us most. Sadly, the number of people who need our support is growing, with over 5,000 people dying in our catchment area each year.
Our patients’ medical needs are also increasingly complex. Many of our patients will have cancer, but others will have long term conditions such as heart failure, lung disease or neurological conditions, like Motor Neurone Disease or Multiple Sclerosis. The aging population also means that more people need our support and may have more than one condition they need help managing.We provide care for all of these people and it needs to be the best possible care.
While 80% of our care is in patients’ homes the need to manage complex symptoms in our In Patient Unit will always be needed. With growing numbers of people needing our support, we need to make sure we have a facility that can continue to serve our community for many years to come.
Our current site in Crawley has no room for further expansion of either our In Patient or Day Services facilities so we need to consider an alternative.
Our trustees have been considering accommodation options for over a year. In 2014, a generous gift marked the start of a journey to providing increased care for our community.