A project to improve end-of-life care for local people in Uttoxeter has been awarded £197,000 to help it get off the ground.
The Uttoxeter Hub project – which is a partnership project between St Giles Hospice, Katharine House Hospice and The Hermitage Charity Care Trust – has been granted the money from Heath Big Local, a National Lottery funded group which has £1m to spend on making a difference to the local area.
The award will fund the refurbishment of a building at the Hermitage Charity Care Trust, transforming it into a hub for patients families and carers in Uttoxeter. This hub will provide information and practical support for local people needing end of life care and will make it easier for people to access a wide range of services in their community. The money will also fund a registered nurse to be based on site for two years.
The Hub will offer the opportunity for a range of providers to work in partnership and will encourage community groups to promote health and wellbeing in the area.
Peter Holliday, Chief Executive of St Giles Hospice, says: “This award from Heath Big Local is excellent news for the people of Uttoxeter.
“How we talk together about death and dying and how we support and care for each other through illness, loss and grief makes a difference to our health, our families and our community.
“The Hub will bring communities, groups and individuals together so that they can support each other and help to reduce social isolation”
Dr Richard Soulsby, Chief Executive of Katharine House Hospice, says: “With an increase in demand for end-of-life care within Uttoxeter, the new Hub will offer the local community a resource to support older people to maintain their wellbeing for as long as possible.”
“Katharine House Hospice relishes the prospect of working in partnership with St Giles Hospice and the Hermitage Charitable Care Trust to bring much needed, high quality services into Uttoxeter”
The new Hub is due to open in late 2015 and more information will be forthcoming.