Hospice awarded DoH grant

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North London Hospice has been awarded a £385,000 grant from the Department of Health to improve and expand its care facilities. The Hospice has been handed a share of £60million awarded to 176 hospices to improve the physical environment in which they provide care. The focus of the grant will be on the refurbishment of the Finchley reception area, transforming the existing space into a diverse ‘home from home’ space which all patients, families and loved ones will be able to utilise. The changes will bring about improved accessibility, new multi-functional rooms for out-patient clinics, day treatments and extended clinical support and advice from the Hospice’s community team. The rooms will be adaptable for use in clinical appointments such as blood transfusions, meetings with social workers, or creative and complementary therapies – such as art therapy or carers’ support groups. Hospice chief executive Douglas Bennett said the organisation was “delighted” to have received the money. He said: “Our vision is to further enhance our facilities to meet the needs of the patients we are caring for in the community, as well as those of their families friends and carers. The development will allow the Hospice to offer a broader range of activities, a more relaxing environment and therefore a higher quality of care.” The funding was committed as part of the Department of Health’s strategy to provide high quality care for all adults approaching the end of their life, in July 2008. Run in partnership with the charity Help the Hospices, the funding was made available to projects delivering improvements directly benefitting patients

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