All sponsored patients from Gibraltar who are sent for medical treatment in London will be able to stay at the new Calpe House in future. This new facility in Norfolk Square was officially opened by the patron of Calpe House Ltd, Sir Joe Bossano, who was also representing the Gibraltar government, on Tuesday this week.
The previous Calpe House in Princes Square, which has always been known as a 'home from home' for Gibraltar patients, had become too small to cope with demand. The new building cost £8.5 million to buy and an approximate £6 million was spent on its conversion and refurbishment. The facilities are more extensive and modern: there are 37 ensuite rooms (27 doubles and 10 singles), most of which have a kitchenette, and communal and visitor areas.
In his speech, Sir Joe said he was honoured that one of the Calpe House buildings has been named after him: the three are called 'The Peter Caetano Wing', 'The Sir Joseph Bossano KCMG Wing' and 'The Charles Tilbury BEM Wing', in tribute to "the people who inspired the original idea of Calpe House and made it a reality," said the charity's chairman, Albert Poggio. The new Calpe House was made possible by corporate and individual donations from the people of Gibraltar, and support from the Gibraltar government.
Among those at the inauguration were the Governor of Gibraltar, Lieutenant General Ed Davis, Dr Daniel Cassaglia (GHA Medical Director) and other members of the Gibraltar Health Authority, some of the corporate sponsors and the Board of Trustees and Directors of Calpe House.