In-patients will be treated at Boston’s Butterfly Hospice from next Monday.
The Rowan Way hospice, built thanks in-part to donations from the public, will cater for patients with a six-bed unit after a three-year deal was struck earlier this year.
Working in partnership, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) and the Butterfly Hospice Trust, will provide palliative, end of life and respite care in an ‘informal and clinically-based environment’ for adults with life-limiting illness.
LCHS Matron Natalie McKee said: “The team at the Butterfly Hospice are very excited to be welcoming their first patients. We have been working hard over the last few months and have an experienced team of clinical staff ready to introduce this innovative service into our community.
“Our partnership with the Butterfly Hospice Trust allows us to use our nursing expertise to complement existing services in the community to ensure our patients experience seamless, excellent care.”
Butterfly Hospice Trust Chief Executive Judi Byrne added: “For the first time, local people and families will have access and choice to palliative care close to their home. We know this means so much to so many people and we are delighted to be welcoming our first patients.
“Our staff and volunteer team are looking forward to working with the clinical team to provide the care people need.”
The hospice was first dreamt up in 2000, with the foundation stone laid in 2010 and the building officially opened by Princess Anne in 2011.
After that the hospice was unable to open to in-patients until it secured a deal of the type signed with the community health trust to ensure the ongoing funding of the service.