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Hospice for dying patients nets £500k

PUBLISHED: 15:54 08 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:38 23 August 2010

PATIENTS nearing the end of their lives will benefit from new facilities and equipment due to a £495,000 grant. EllenorLions Hospices, which has bases in Dartford, Northfleet and Swanscombe, is one of 123 hospices across the country awarded part of a £4

PATIENTS nearing the end of their lives will benefit from new facilities and equipment due to a £495,000 grant.

EllenorLions Hospices, which has bases in Dartford, Northfleet and Swanscombe, is one of 123 hospices across the country awarded part of a £40 million fund from the Department of Health announced by Care Services Minister Phil Hope on Tuesday.

It will improve care for patients and families by enhancing and equipping hospice environments, and by supporting hospices' work caring for people in their own homes and in care homes.

EllenorLions Hospices CEO Carol Stone said: "We are delighted to have been successful in our bid for funding, which is restricted to a specific project which in the current financial climate we would otherwise not have been able to consider.

"This project will transform our Day Therapy service for patients visiting our hospice in Northfleet. The grant, of course, cannot be used to fund the daily running costs of all our services.

"For this we continue to rely on the generous support of the public."

The funding was committed as part of the Department of Health's End of Life Care Strategy to provide high quality care for all adults approaching the end of their life.

Projects will begin this month and are due to be completed by March 31 next year.

Call: 01322 422845 or visit: www.ellenorlions.org for more information on the hospice.

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