Hospice set for big revamp after grant

St John's Hospice at Balby.
St John's Hospice at Balby.
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daycare facilities at a Doncaster hospice are to be improved thanks to a cash injection of more than £450,000 from the Government.

St John’s Hospice at Balby has been awarded a share of £60 million government funding to improve care environments and settings.

A total of 19 hospices in Yorkshire and the Humber will benefit from £7,192,190 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.

A spokesman for Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, which runs St John’s, said: “This is excellent news. The grant of £452,374 will be spent on redesigning parts of the hospice.

“The project is to redesign and improve the current entrance and main reception area to St John’s Hospice providing improved day care facilities.

“The entrance to our daycare facility will be relocated and the service will benefit from additional consulting rooms. The plan also includes upgrading the current chapel to provide better facilities for patients and relatives.

“We will be working with Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust to ensure that the funding is used to provide the optimum benefit to patients in Doncaster.”

Announcing the successful projects, 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.

“Patients will see a huge difference in their surroundings that play a considerable part in helping them psychologically and physically.”