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Edge Hill University and Southport’s Queenscourt Hospice have launched a module to teach professionals and those delivering frontline services how to provide the best possible state-of-the-art care. Over 25 professionals working in hospitals, hospices and community settings gathered at the Hospice last week to begin their module in ‘Transforming Integrated…
The Prince of Wales came bearing a special gift on a Christmas visit to a hospice - a chocolate model of his Highgrove House. The cake, made by Chocolaterie Artisanale Alexandre in Nyon, Switzerland, included chocolate figures of Charles and wife Camilla, as well as the Prince of Wales's feathers…
Children's hospices are on the brink of a funding crisis owing to cuts and freezes in local authority and NHS spending, according to a report. The study, from the charities Hospice UK and Together for Short Lives, found hospices are struggling due to falling state income as a proportion of…
Dirty hospitals are serving out-of-date food to patients, an investigation has found. Meals are being prepared in mouldy kitchens, putting vulnerable patients at "high risk" of food poisoning, while others have unclean worktops, food trolleys and sinks. The Press Association analysis of food hygiene reports obtained under the Freedom of…
Health Minister Michelle O’Neill has paid tribute to the invaluable work at the Hospice following an extensive £13million refurbishment at their Somerton Road premises. The Minister visited the new facility following a two year construction project. The new 18 bed unit will provide palliative care for patients with a wide…
Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) has launched its first ever Scottish Parliament election manifesto and is calling for improved holistic palliative care for babies, children and young people aged 0-25 years in Scotland. The document, Better Care for Children with Shorter Lives, offers a blueprint for politicians to put hospice…
Health Minister, Simon Hamilton MLA has praised the new facilities on a surprise visit to the expanded Marie Curie Day Hospice at Downe Hospital, Downpatrick. During the visit the Minister met with people attending the day hospice, staff and volunteers and had an opportunity to hear about the range of…
Horizon West, the new Children’s Hospice in Fermanagh was officially opened by the Duke of Kent this week. During a tour of the hospice the Duke met with local families, children and staff and heard how the £1.2m facility is making a positive difference to the lives of families and…
Hospices in England are caring for and supporting people in a compassionate way at the end of their lives, according to the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Ahead of this year’s World Hospice and Palliative Care Day today, the regulator’s latest ratings data shows that over 90% (34 out of 37…
Children's hospices are suffering after seeing their statutory funding frozen or slashed this year, while adult hospices are also complaining of a lack of fair and sustainable funding. Hospice UK and Together for Short Lives, which provides support to children with life-threatening or limiting conditions, warned that if hospices are…
The proportion of people dying in hospices in England has nearly doubled since 1993, but the gap in hospice deaths between people living in the least and most deprived areas appears to be growing, find a new study by the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London. The study, funded…
The Duchess of Cambridge has lent her support to a campaign to raise awareness about the 49,000 children in the UK living with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Kate said "every moment is precious" for families who care for seriously ill children as she praised the work of hospices. In a…
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