Health Minister Poots announces £2.7million support for the NI hospice
Health Minister Edwin Poots has announced significant financial investment to support a crucial NI Hospice capital project.
£2.7million will assist the NI Hospice in providing a replacement adult hospice for the provision of palliative and end of life care on the Somerton Road in Belfast.
The new hospice facility will provide 18 beds in single en-suite rooms with supporting facilities for staff, families and volunteers; a new Day Hospice facility capable of sustaining the current level of support and clinical interventions in an enhanced environment; a dedicated Education and Resource Centre and on-site parking.
The NI Hospice has been proactive in raising funds for this initiative, not least through their ‘buy a brick' campaign.
In making his announcement the Health Minister said:
"The support the NI Hospice gives to those in need of palliative and end of life care, in partnership with the Health and Social Care Trusts, is vital. I am therefore delighted to provide capital funding of £2.7million to enable NI Hospice to proceed with the replacement of this much needed facility. I would also like to commend the NI Hospice on its continuing fundraising activities through their innovative ‘buy a brick' campaign.”
Although challenging, Minister Poots has prioritised capital funding support for the voluntary and community sector within his bid for additional funds through the Executive's June monitoring.
Accompanying the Health Minster on the visit to both organisations Finance Minister Sammy Wilson said:
"The Executive recognised that investing in this capital project was important and that the services it provides are vital to those families and friends who avail of them. The £54.5million of additional funding that has just been allocated to the Department of Health and Social Services and Public Safety as part of the June monitoring round will ensure that health service reforms can continue and that our hospitals and medical equipment including services such as those provided by the Hospice can be upgraded for the benefit of all.”
Professor Dame Judith Hill, NI Hospice Chief Executive said:
"This is a significant and very welcome announcement for Northern Ireland Hospice and its supporters. The £2.7million committed by the Minister will allow us to lever additional funds and begin work on our new Hospice before the end of the year. I am confident that we will meet our appeal targets and build a legacy of hospice care for generations to come. We are grateful to the Minister and his colleagues for their foresight in supporting this vital project, and indeed to all those who have supported our 'Buy a Brick' campaign to date.”