Hospice to benefit from half a million pound grant
Modernised facilities are planned for Countess Mountbatten House hospice in Southampton, thanks to a substantial funding grant awarded by the Department of Health.
The hospice was allocated £505,974 after bidding for a share of a £60m funding scheme which has been designed to help hospices across England improve their facilities.
The funds will be used by the hospice, part of UHS, to initiate a phased project to create a comfortable, modern and practical environment for patients which is more appropriate to their needs.
Lesley Burn, CEO of Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity, said: “The success of this bid is the result of a strong partnership between the hospice team, our charity and the Trust, and I am delighted that together we have been able to secure this funding.”
Dr Carol Davis is the lead consultant at Countess Mountbatten House and knows first-hand how important these improvements will be to patient wellbeing.
She added: “This grant will support the hospice in providing the highest standards of care possible for patients with life-limiting illnesses from across Southampton and south central Hampshire and we are all absolutely thrilled.”
In total, the Department of Health allocated 176 grants country-wide to support a wide variety of projects, including improvements to day therapy facilities and funds to develop outreach services which will support patients in their own homes.
Countess Mountbatten House currently serves a population of around 720,000 people in a catchment area that spans across approximately 460 miles. The hospice comprises the in-patient unit as well as a day care centre, community team and acute hospital team which provide specialist palliative care for patients with life-limiting illnesses.
The Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity contributes to making this possible by raising and providing around £1 million each year, in addition to the funds and support provided by the Trust.