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York's St Leonard's Gets Grant for Major Refurbishment

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6:01am 14th April 2013

St Leonard’s Hospice will undergo a major refurbishment, with the help of a grant of £408,000 from the Department of Health.

The programme of work will see the Hospice’s in-patient unit, including bedrooms and bathrooms, refurbished to improve patient care and ensure that they are fit for future developments in End of Life care, say St Leonard's. 

They add that there will also be considerable work on the Hospice’s Daycare, which welcomes, for a day’s companionship and care, people who still live at home but have life-threatening illnesses. Adding that the work there will involve bringing more light into the rooms to give it a more open feel.   

The £408,000 grant is part of Department of Health Capital Grants Programme, say St Leonard's, which saw £60m being made available for adult and for children’s hospices nationwide, to enable them to undertake projects for ‘Enhancing the physical environment’.

Martyn Callaghan, Chief Executive of the Hospice, says, ‘We are delighted that we have made a strong case to the Department to be awarded this money for this exciting development.  The Hospice will continue to function as the work is carried out over the next 18 months or so.  We shall endeavour to keep any disruption to a minimum. 

‘The rooms that are being refurbished were opened when the Hospice was enlarged 12 years ago, and we are pleased that we can now begin the work of transforming them to take into account the latest developments in patient care and ensure St Leonard’s Hospice is fit for the future to provide high-quality health care’

A total of 176 hospices across England will benefit from the fund, which will be used to invest in creating new spaces for patients, their families and carers, whilst also supporting the care hospices provide to people in their own homes

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:

“Hospices help patients and their families at what can be the most difficult part of their life.

“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 that play a considerable part in helping them psychologically and physically.”

Run in partnership with the charity Help the Hospices, the funding was made available to projects delivering improvements that directly benefit patients, have a tangible impact on the physical environment and provide value for money.

Care and Support Minister, Norman Lamb said:

“Every one of us has the right to the best quality of care at the end of our lives - hospices play an integral role in helping to deliver this.

“This fund will help hospices provide dignified, compassionate, high quality care and support to people and their families at what is a difficult time in their lives.”

David Praill, Chief Executive of Help the Hospices, said:

“Investment in hospices is vital so they can continue to innovate, modernise and expand in order to meet the growing needs of the communities they serve.

“Currently, too many people do not get the care they want or need and the numbers needing care continue to increase. Together, we face the challenge to ensure that people receive the best possible care at the end of life, irrespective of where they choose to be cared for, where they live or what condition they have. This funding will make a huge difference to the quality, dignity and compassion of the care provided.”

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, launched in July 2008.

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