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Hospice care in patients' homes

Patient Robert Jones being cared for at home
Patient Robert Jones said the charity had made "a real difference"

Eight nurses who lost their jobs when a private hospital closed and went on to form a palliative care charity have launched a new hospice service.

The nursing service offers end of life care in patients' homes in parts of Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex.

The team has already won an NHS award and has taken on 25 staff.

Hospice Services at Home TLC (Therapies Linked to Care), offers complementary therapies, emergency nursing, respite for carers and counselling.

It serves Alton, Liphook and Petersfield, in Hampshire, the Surrey towns of Farnham and Haslemere, and Midhurst in West Sussex.

'Patient choice'

Jacinta Grange-Bennett, nurse manager, said the team's "high standards of care" had brought about "a wonderful charity" that had the support of patients and relatives.

She said the founders had "really understood" the quality of care that patients needed "in this type of setting".

Patient Robert Jones said the charity was making "a real difference" to his life.

He said: "They do the basics really well. They're extremely reliable people. They're nice people, which is terribly important. They have a lot of experience."

The King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst, Sussex, closed in 2006 after a three-year fight to save it.

That September, the group of nurses formed the Palls charity which went on to win a South Central Strategic Health Authority award this summer.

The charity said that both the nursing service and charity were available "to anyone with any life-limiting illness" including cancer, multiple sclerosis, and heart disease, who had chosen to be cared for at home.

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