Harlington Hospice has submitted a planning application to build a 20 bed end-of-life care unit at its headquarters in Lansdowne House, St Peter's Way, Harlington.
Steve Curry, Chief Officer of Harlington Hospice said: "There is an urgent need for end-of-life hospice beds in Hillingdon. The limited availability of these types of beds is shocking given the growing need for this kind of care.”
The new centre would take up to a year to build. Once complete, the new unit will boast all en-suite bedrooms set in a “supportive, calm and peaceful environment”, officials said.
All of the rooms will look out onto green open space and some will have a small private patio area enabling patients to enjoy being outside during good weather.
Harlington Hospice currently provides dedicated hospice support to people in their own homes. However, it said this is not suitable for all patients meaning some people are inevitably admitted to hospital.
Some of the £3.5 million required will come from grants and funding bids. A large-scale public fund-raising campaign is also being launched.
The charity aims to initially borrow the money to get the project underway but wants to repay any loans as quickly as possible to ensure more of its funds are spent on patient care.
Mr Curry said: "We are keen to get the building work underway as soon as possible so that we are able to provide local people with the best possible care, in the right setting, in their final days.”
He expects Hillingdon Council to consider the planning application in mid-June.
Harlington Hospice, established 1984, does not provide residential beds. However, it provides a hospice end-of-life care service to people in their own homes, as well day care, counselling, children’s bereavement support, dementia support, wellbeing services, services for carers and lymphoedema clinics.