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Marie Curie palliative care service gets £285,000 in funding

A Marie Curie service which cares for terminally ill patients in their own homes is to get new funding

A MARIE Curie service which cares for terminally ill patients in their own homes is to continue for the next year after it was given £285,000 in funding.

The out-of-hours rapid response service, co-funded by Marie Curie and the Health and Social Care Board, allows people to be cared for by nurses from the charity.

Health minister Simon Hamilton announced funding on Thursday which will allow the service to continue to operate in 2016/17.

Mr Hamilton said a review of the service showed that 28 per cent of visits by nurses prevented an admission to hospital or an ambulance call out.

The service operates seven nights a week and at weekends and bank holidays in the Southern and Northern Trust areas and in the northern sector of the Western Trust.

Paula Heneghan, regional manager, Marie Curie Nursing Service, said the funding will allow many patients to be treated in their own homes.

"The Minister’s announcement of new funding is fantastic news for the Rapid Response service and for everyone involved in its delivery, but more importantly this is great news for those people, and their families living with a terminal illness that require an out of hours service," she said.

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