Trust confident over future of town hospice

The Butterfly Hospice is confident it can secure the necessary funding to open to patients in 2012.
The Butterfly Hospice is confident it can secure the necessary funding to open to patients in 2012.

BOSTON’S Butterfly Hospice Trust says it is still striving to secure the necessary funding to enable it to open its doors to patients.

Last week it was revealed that a bid for significant funding from NHS Lincolnshire last year was unsuccessful.

The six-bed hospice, in Rowan Way, now faces the challenge of meeting the required criteria for clinical care set by the Boston area Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) before it can accept in-patients.

Speaking about the hospice, CCG chairman Dr Peter Holmes told The Standard: “They have done a brilliant job with the building, but they have yet to show us a credible clinical plan for how they will look after patients.

“If we are to provide funding for this palliative care in Boston, above all else it has to be safe and effective.”

He added: “I am hoping they can get these things resolved so we can work with them.”

The hospice says it has been working towards ensuring it meets the criteria and is confident the hospice will open for use in 2012.

Yvonne Slater, chairman of the Butterfly Hospice Trust, said: “A new senior executive with many years’ experience of clinical services and palliative care will join the Butterfly Hospice Trust on January 9.

“Her main priority will be to lead the team and establish the necessary procedures to ensure we meet the clinical standards required for in-patient care ensuring the hospice is able to accept patients in 2012.”

She added: “We are overwhelmed by the continued public feeling for our cause; we would like to thank everyone that has supported the Butterfly Hospice over the years.”

The hospice building, situated behind Pilgrim Hospital, was completed in April and is expected to cost £850,000 annually to run.

Currently, while Spalding, Skegness, Peterborough and Lincoln have such facilities, there is no access to palliative in-patient care in Boston.

The Butterfly Hospice aims to provide in-patient pain relief, symptom control and respite care, along with offering a support centre and overnight facilities for families and friends.

More than 200 families are expected to benefit each year at the hospice’s in-patient unit and hundreds more from the support centre.