Hillington hospice backs national campaign to make care more accessible
A West Norfolk hospice has given its support to a new drive to make the types of care it provides more widely accessible.
The Norfolk Hospice Tapping House, based at Hillington, is backing the Open Up Hospice Care campaign, which is being launched by Hospice UK today.
The initiative aims to raise public awareness of the ways in which hospice care is provided outside of inpatient units.
The Norfolk Hospice provides regular home support, as well as drop-in services and events.
But research commissioned by Hospice UK suggests that as many as a quarter of people nationally do not get hospice care because of issues such as late referrals or a lack of information about the services that are available.
The study also suggests that people from LGBT and ethnic minority groups, as well as those from economically deprived areas, often find it harder to access services.
Hospice UK chief executive Tracey Bleakley said: “With its focus on comfort not cure and promoting quality of life and what matters most to people, hospice care can help them live well until the end of life and support their loved ones and it is available in more places than most people realise.
“We want to share the benefits of hospice care more widely so that everyone is able to get this vital support and wherever they want.”
Norfolk Hospice boss Lyndsay Carter added: “We are proud to be a member of Hospice UK supporting this national campaign.
“I hope that anyone reading this article who may need advice and support will feel happy to contact The Norfolk Hospice and we will try to help.”