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Palliative care centre to “bring together art and science”

LSI Architects has unveiled its design for the new East Coast Palliative Care Centre at Norfolk’s James Paget Hospital in the UK, aiming to integrate functionality and aesthetics in a therapeutic environment.

The £1.5m centre near Great Yarmouth, which is expected to treat up to 10,000 people a year, will include clinic and counselling rooms, plus a lounge, a quiet room and a therapeutic garden.

It will offer a holistic approach to care through a wide range of services, including expert clinical assessment and symptom management, emotional and social support, practical help and complementary therapies.

Patients and relatives who have been affected by life-threatening illnesses such as cancer will benefit from art and music and be able to access the beautiful surroundings of a landscaped garden. The concept for the scheme was led by Gerald Buergel, a recent graduate on a one-year placement from Germany.