Hospice in the Weald were in need of a fully responsive, bespoke website to present information, events and patient artwork in an easy-to-access and readable manner. In addition, they were looking to develop a private patient portal system specifically designed with the needs of the terminally ill in mind.
Following a successful pitch, we were called back on the drive home and told to get started! We were all very excited to work on this project, as not only would it be a challenging build, but would also go towards assisting the charity and the residents homed there, something we all deemed a worthy cause. We designed and built the corporate site with exploration in mind, but equally in a way that information clients or potential clients may require could be easily accessed. Knowing there would be vast amounts of data, we carefully indexed our databases and streamlined our back-end code to ensure it would be rapidly available. We followed the same principles when building their patient portal and worked with the hospice to ensure that security and privacy took top priority.
We were invited to tender for Hospice in the Weald's new website. We were one of twenty agencies. It didn't deter us! We were shortlisted to the last 6 when we then faced a room of around twenty staff from different departments with clipboards at the ready and a lecton for us!
As we drove back and much to our surprise we received the call from the hospice to award us the project! So we didn't have to wait until after the weekend - that was a nice touch by the team at the Hospice!
We presented our concepts, redeveloping some areas where necessary to ensure they answered all aspects of the brief.
Once we had agreed upon a final design, we passed it along to development. The designs were spliced, cropped and cut to pieces to form a well-thought out, structured and interactive website. This was by no means a small job due to the size of the site and the amount of development involved, our team worked tirelessly to achieve what was required and more!
Once the front-end was built, we bolted on ExpressionEngine as our chosen CMS and began to customise it to ensure it was ready and able to do everything the hospice needed it to do; from staging events, to taking donations.
Finally, we custom-built a lot of areas to ensure the functionality worked in the way we wanted it to, which allowed us to integrate front-end functionality with the database. A few examples of this are the job application form and the upload patient artwork section.
Hospice Care:Link is the patient portal we developed for the Hospice. It's a extremely useful tool for patients to keep in touch with friends and family. This tool was built alongside their corporate site. We researched modern social media platforms to come up with a concept that would be familiar and easy-to-use.
From there, we built in the security required to keep patient privacy as a high priority. Now, the Care:Link is live and Hospice in the Weald clients are free to make accounts, restrict access to family and friends, and keep all who want to be in the know up-to-date with their loved ones' progress.
Many people have friends far afield, not just in Kent or the South East so the Hospice Care:Link helps you stay in touch.