Lincolnshire's St Barnabas Hospice joins forces with Louth and District Hospice over new day centre
LINCOLNSHIRE'S St Barnabas Hospice is to spearhead improvements to end-of-life care for people living across East Lindsey after forging a new partnership.
The charity, is joining forces with colleagues from Louth and District Hospice as part of an initiative to maximise the full potential of the new day hospice being built in the town.
Louth and District Hospice will continue to own the flagship building when it opens early next year on land off the A16 – but St Barnabas will have the responsibility of providing and developing all the services.
The link-up builds on a platform of greater joint working across Lincolnshire involving providers of specialist care and support to the growing number of people living with life-limiting illnesses.
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Chief Executive of St Barnabas Hospice, Sarah-Jane Mills, said. "We are delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to the day hospice's future success in this way.
"These superb facilities will bring a great deal of expertise under one roof and form an ideal springboard for taking day therapy and other support services into an exciting new era.
"We already provide an expanding range of specialist services to the people of East Lindsey as well as the wider Lincolnshire community. But to be able to draw upon the many benefits of the new centre - and reach out to more people and help them live well when they are dying - adds an extra dimension to our work.
"By joining forces, the new arrangement is a perfect example of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. It maximises all our strengths and, with an established infrastructure in place, enables us to avoid duplication and wastage so that every penny donated can be channelled to where it is needed most."
The purpose-designed, two-story unit boasts treatment rooms, quiet areas, a large lounge area and a clinical room for out-patient appointments as well as four themed gardens with views over the open countryside.
St Barnabas will transfer its day therapy and community services – such as bereavement counselling – from accommodation it currently rents at the Trinity Centre in the town.
It will also become the headquarters for its local Hospice at Home team, which supports people with advanced illnesses to be cared for in the familiar surroundings of their home and to die there if that is their wish.
Louth and District Hospice will continue to work in the local community with its volunteers and also carry on with its Home Support Service, which the charity runs in partnership with Age UK to those who wish to stay in their own homes.
News of the partnership has been welcomed by the NHS body responsible for planning and buying healthcare services for 250,000 people across East Lincolnshire.
Dr Brynnen Massey, Chair, Lincolnshire East CCG said: "Its partnership with Louth and District Hospice will enable St Barnabas Hospice to play a vital role in improving end of life care for people in East Lindsey, and we look forward to the benefits this will bring."
The new day hospice is being built on a three-acre site donated by local farmer Frank Nicholson adjacent to Fanthorpe Farm in Grimsby Road, near the Fairfield Industrial Estate.
Work started in May 2012 and it is hoped that with favourable weather conditions this winter it could be open as early as April. A double milestone in its development was marked in October 2012 when a flag was raised in honour of the building's roof being completed – coinciding with Louth & District Hospice's 10th anniversary.
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