Helping hand for hospice

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The Fylde coast’s hospice has been given a major cash boost from the Government to help it provide care for the 21st century.

Bosses at Trinity Hospice and Brian House Children’s Hospice are celebrating the windfall as they say it means they can now carry out much-needed refurbishment to the Bispham-based building.

David Houston, chief executive at Trinity.

David Houston, chief executive at Trinity.

They have won the £283,000 Department of Health grant for capital improvements to the facility, which is now 25 years old.

Chiefs at the hospice, which provides palliative and respite care for many patients across the Fylde coast, say with current facilities, they are starting to “struggle to meet the needs of the community.”

They need more space to provide more private rooms for families to visit loved ones, including overnight.

And as the hospice cares for more patients with dementia, it needs to make the environment more appropriate for them so cash will help provide better lighting and visual cues to help dementia patients.

David Houston, chief executive at Trinity, said: “It has been an anxious wait because this funding is highly competitive and was well-oversubscribed.

“We had to prioritise elements of the bid and we are happy to hear we have been successful in securing about two thirds of what we asked for.

“However, our need for continuing local support remains as high as ever, as demand for our service grows.

“One-off capital expenditure of this nature is extremely difficult for us to cover because the vast majority of money we receive goes on the day-to-day cost of patient care.

“We would have found it very difficult to embark in improvements on this scale without help from the Department of Health.

“Hospices from all over the country were competing for a share of the same pot of cash.”

A total of 176 hospices from across the country have received a share of the £60m from the Government.

Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister, said: “This extra funding will help bring hospices up to date, so staff and volunteers can work in modern environments, helping them continue to provide wonderful support with compassion and kindness.

“And patients will see a huge difference in their surroundings which play a part in helping them psychologically and physically.”

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