Hospice benefits from funding boost

Barnsley Hospice
Barnsley Hospice

Barnsley Hospice has been awarded almost £500, 000 to extend its services.

The hospice applied for £690, 000 from the Department of Health and was awarded £470, 000.

Health chiefs will use the cash windfall to build a new lounge/dining area in the Inpatient Unit, a spiritual room, new treatment rooms, an expanded drug preparation area and an extension to the gardens.

The new lounge/dining area will mean that patients will be able to dine with their relatives or visitors and other patients.

A spiritual room will create an area for peace, prayer and contemplation.

Dr Becky Hirst, medical director at the hospice said: “Additional treatment rooms will enable more patients to be seen by doctors, nurses and therapists in the hospice; reflecting the growing number of outpatients the hospice now sees.

“Patients often visit with their relatives, so the additional space will allow for a much more comfortable environment for examinations and the space to have conversations about future care and support needed.”

Diana Gibson, patient services director, added: “We know from our current patient feedback that the extended provision will be welcomed and will make a considerable difference to their stay here, especially the Inpatient Lounge, which has been requested by patients and relatives.

“Our new facilities will help us to provide an even better service for the people of Barnsley. We are thankful to the Department of Health for this fantastic opportunity to improve the services offered to local patients who deserve to have access to the best possible palliative and end of life care.”

She continued: “Although we are happy to have been awarded the grant, I would like to stress that this doesn’t mean that we need to raise less money this year.

“We are not permitted to use any of this funding towards our running costs so it is important that we do not relax our fundraising activities.

“The support we receive from our local community, for which we are extremely grateful, is now more vital than ever.”

Patients are admitted to the Inpatient Unit for a variety of reasons including help with managing pain and other symptoms as well as care during the last few days of their life.

The hospice has to raise £2m every year in addition to its £1.6m NHS grant to stay open.