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A HOSPICE in Purbrook has been given a new look thanks to a government grant.

Two reception areas have been built at The Rowans Hospice thanks to a cash injection from the Department of Health.

As part of the work a mezzanine floor was installed at an existing reception to include a dedicated ‘quiet’ room and a coffee shop.

The money was also used to build a new patient entrance.

The official opening of the new areas will take place at a ceremony which starts at 5.30pm tomorrow. The event will be led by The News’ editor Mark Waldron as well as Elisabeth Gale, past honorary chairman of the board of trustees.

Ruth White, chief executive of The Rowans, said: ‘It was important that the hospice should have a discrete reception to offer patients a degree of dignity and respect as they arrive and leave the hospice.

‘It allows for greater privacy and a more personal service with dedicated volunteers working in the patients’ reception area.’