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Forest Glade

forestgladeIn June 2016, BCH officially opened its brand new building in the suburbs of Minsk. At a cost of £2million, it was built with private capital raised almost entirely by BCH in Belarus, with £250,000 donated via Friends of BCH by a UK charitable trust.  The land was donated by the President of Belarus.

The design for the new centre was inspired following a Friends of BCH-organised visit to the UK.  The Belarusian architect went to the acclaimed children’s hospice, Little Havens, in Essex to meet its architect.  Forest Glade is unique in Belarus.  It has caused a huge stir in the media and in medical circles and will enable many more children to be cared for both at home and as in-patients.  

There are ten individual bedrooms for in-patient or respite care, with private bathrooms featuring mechanised hoists and other modern mobility aids. Each bedroom has French windows opening out onto a secluded garden, beyond which patients can access the wider gardens, paths and woodland surrounding the centre. Families can stay at Forest Glade with their sick child in three guest flats generously fitted out by McDonald’s Belarus.  These facilities are also used for short-term critical care and as a step down between hospital and home care.  In some cases, there may be reasons why a family feels unable to care for their child at home right to the very end of his or her life.  These rooms can provide a haven for a child’s last days with their family.  There is a nurse on hand at all times.

The day centre, psychological support services, medical and other treatment rooms and a well-appointed training and resource centre were brought into use on 1st September 2016. The limited paediatric physiotherapy service will be enhanced from late 2016 onwards by a pilot programme introduced and co-managed by Friends of BCH to introduce western style paediatric physiotherapy to BCH’s care programme and to Belarus as a whole.  This approach is considered vital to the wellbeing of palliative patients and will be another first in the country, thanks to BCH.

Forest Glade is also tasked with co-ordinating the development of overall children’s palliative care strategy in the Republic of Belarus.