Lincolnshire residents are being invited to be part of history in the making as the UK's first "hospice in the hospital" prepares to open its doors to patients for the first time.
A public open day is being staged today by St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Lincolnshire South West Clinical Commissioning Group, who have pooled their expertise in a unique partnership to create the purpose-designed, £1.2m unit within Grantham and District Hospital.
The local community will be given an insight into the work of the flagship unit; meet the team who will be providing specialist end-of-life care; and be given guided tours of the state-of-the-art facilities.
Less than 48 hours later the six-bed inpatient unit will open - welcoming the first of an estimated 160 people from south west Lincolnshire each year who will benefit from the homely and healing environment that has been created on their doorstep.
It will save them and their family and friends a 60-mile round journey to what is currently the charity's only existing inpatient unit at Nettleham Road in Lincoln.
A community appeal has been launched ahead of the opening of a pioneering “hospice in the hospital” at Grantham.
St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, within Grantham and District Hospital, is currently being equipped.
Staff need to raise an additional £85,000 to do this.
The new £1.2 million unit will care for more than 160 people from across South West
Lincolnshire each year – saving them and their family and friends a 60-mile round journey to the county’s only inpatient unit at Nettleham Road, Lincoln.
Boxer Amir Khan showed a more gentle side to his character on a visit to a hospice in Bradford.
The former world and Olympic champion took time out of his busy training schedule to catch up with patients and staff. Gaynor Barnes reports.
A new hospice that provides palliative day care to people with cancer and life-limiting illnesses has opened in Lincolnshire.
The centre in Louth cost £750,000 to build - money all raised within the local community. The land on which the building stands was also donated.
Police believe thieves who stole £700 from a hospice charity shop in Sowerby Bridge could have hidden in the shop overnight.
The money was stolen from the Overgate charity shop on Saturday night. Various items, including a designer handbag, had also been taken.