A HOSPICE that has undergone a £2.5million transformation was praised for its improvements by the Vale of Clwyd's new MP.

Dr James Davies paid a visit to St Kentigern Hospice in St Asaph following the completion of its re-development.

Wynne Construction were appointed to build the extension that has seen day therapy and inpatient facilities extended and the bed provision increased from eight to 12.

Dr Davies said: "I was hugely impressed by all the improvements that have been carried out at the hospice and commend all those who have worked so hard in generating the funds needed to pay for it.

"St Kentigern carry out incredible work, but like all hospices in Wales, unfortunately they do not receive the statutory funding that they need and have to rely on the generosity of the local community.

“They face challenging times, yet still manage to deliver an outstanding service - in fact the facility is used as a model of 'good practice'.

"All staff and the 400 volunteers deserve huge credit for this and I would like to thank each and every one of them for their dedication and hard work.

“We are extremely fortunate to have this first-rate facility here in the Vale of Clwyd and I would urge everyone to support the hospice where they can”.

The extension includes a café, offering a relaxing area for patients and visitors, as well as being open to the public, including for community groups to meet.

There is also accommodation for physios and an educational area.

The hospice looks after patients from Colwyn Bay to Flint, and as far South as Corwen.

Residents are being invited to tour St Kentigern Hospice. Staff will be on hand to answer questions.

Doors will be open for tours prior to the official opening to patients on February 11.

For more information and to book on visit www.stkentigernhospice.org.uk and see Hospice Open Days under events.