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ALMOST 2,500 people have contacted the NHS in Hampshire to see if they can claim back money they paid to help care for loved ones.

As reported in yesterday’s The News, the deadline for people who think they are eligible for NHS Continuing Healthcare need to apply before September 30.

The financial support could be available to anyone that paid for care assistance between April 2004 and March 2011.

If someone is eligible then the cost of care is reimbursed to the individual.

In total since April this year, NHS Hampshire has recorded 2,000 applications and NHS Portsmouth 400.

Clinical negligence solicitor Paula Nash, of law firm Moore Blatch, said that anyone who has spent time in a nursing or care home due to a medical condition could be eligible.

She said: ‘There are many families who don’t realise that they may be wrongly paying care home fees.

‘In a great deal of cases people have made sacrifices in order to afford these fees, perhaps selling properties or spending their savings, to pay for care that is actually an entitlement.’

A second deadline for financial help for those paying for care from April 2011 to March 2012 has been set for March 31, 2013.