Watch: Church hands over property to Hospice Malta

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna has formally handing over what is known as the Adelaide Cini Institute in Santa Venera to Hospice Malta Chairperson Maria Gatt.

The St Michael Hospice will be the first state-of the-art complex that will provide comprehensive palliative care. The first patients are expected to be received in two years’ time following the necessary renovation works.

Fundraising initiatives are already in action and works are expected to commence in the coming weeks.

The property covers a total floor area of 11,000 square metres and is valued at around €8 million.

During the inaugural speech, Archbishop Scicluna said that this initiative was inspired by the Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis in 2015. “St Michael Hospice will be a place in which the door of mercy will never close, reminding us of God’s tangible mercy in our lives.”

Mgr Scicluna appealed to the Maltese people to be generous towards this project which, he added, is a timely reminder of the right to life and the dignity of the human person.

Chairperson of Hospice Malta, Maria Gatt said, “St Michael Hospice is a necessity, and one that the Maltese population deserves. We are determined to renovate to exacting standards, comparable to the best hospices abroad which we have already visited. We are under no illusions of the complexity of this project, but we know that we can rely on the legendary generosity of our nation to fulfil this ‘dream’ which is what our loved ones deserve.”

Through St Michael Hospice complex, Hospice Malta will expand its present community services to over 10,000 visits per year to patients and their families. With the increase in space, therapy services will also increase from the current 700 sessions to over 2,000 sessions annually.

New therapies and services will also be established.

For 30 years since its foundation in 1989, Hospice Malta’s primary role has been the provision and promotion of palliative care services to patients suffering from cancer, motor-neuron disease, and end-of-life cardiac, respiratory, renal and liver diseases. These services are offered through a professional interdisciplinary team. The patient and family-centred care offered targets the relief of pain and other physical symptoms as well as emotional, psycho-social and spiritual issues.

Hospice Malta, a registered NGO with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations, offers all of its services free of charge to patients in Malta and Gozo. For more information and donations visit hospicemalta.org.