The vision of a purpose-built, world class children’s palliative care centre in Belarus has been realised. To mark the opening of this fabulous new building, a red ribbon was cut by the Belarusian First Deputy Minister for Health Dmitry Pinevich and the Deputy Chair of the BCH Advisory Council Olga Kobyakova.
The facilities at Forest Glade are, by any standards, impressive and will be a centre of excellence from where BCH can support the growing number of children and families who need their services and facilitate the on-going training of health professions in the western model of children’s palliative care.
Forest Glade is on the outskirts of Minsk in a tranquil setting surrounded on three sides by woodland. The horse-shoe shaped building is welcoming, spacious, colourful and flooded with light. BCH’s main programme will continue to be Hospice at Home co-ordinated from the new building and there is a day-centre there where children, their carers and their well brothers and sisters can socialise and enjoy regular activities organised by hospice staff. There are treatment rooms where physiotherapy will be available and a wonderful multi-sensory room with changing lights, coloured fibre optic strands cascading over beanbags, different tactile experiences and mirrors. Take a peek here. The ten in-patient rooms which will provide respite care and end of life care are spacious, well equipped with medical services and aids, have en-suite wet rooms and direct, easy access to the gardens which all these rooms overlook through large floor to ceiling windows. There is also accommodation for parents/carers who wish to stay with their child.