Hospices can soon apply for NHS grant

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HOSPICES in the south will be able to apply for a slice of £60million funding.

The Department of Health has put up the money for the South Central region, which covers the Portsmouth area.

Care services minister Paul Burstow said: ‘Our surroundings at the end of our lives play a critical role in our wellbeing.

‘This money will help hospices all over the country make improvements such as redesigning rooms or putting in place facilities to help people remain independent.

‘We are making this investment because we want hospices to be able to provide dignified, compassionate, high quality care and support to people and their families at what is a difficult time in their lives.’

Last year five hospices in the region received payments, including the Rowans Hospice in Purbrook.

It was awarded £346,000, which was used to create a new reception area.

Details on how and when hospices can apply for the capital grant scheme will be announced soon.