Patients can find out more about the support on offer from a hospital’s bereavement centre

Staff and the public can find out more about the Lincoln County Hospital bereavement centre during an open day this week.

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The bereavement centre team is holding the event to coincide with its first birthday and also the 70th anniversary of the NHS. The open day will run from midday until 3pm on Friday 13 July.

Over the last year the team has helped 908 families following the death of their loved one and also offered comfort and support where needed.

One person who has been helped by the team said: “Words cannot express the gratitude in our hearts for the work of the bereavement service team that has helped us through this very sad time.

“You have been such a comfort. You patiently explained the whole process and what our next steps were, helping us to move forward with our grieving process.”

The bereavement centre was officially opened by the Queen’s cousin the Duke of Gloucester and was only possible thanks to a generous donation from the Friends of Lincoln Hospitals Association.

Bereavement Co-ordinator Ruth Birkinshaw said: “The service offered to bereaved families over the last year has been transformed and we are proud to have cared for so many at this difficult time in their lives. We wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported the setting up of this new service, and in particular to the Friends of the Lincoln Hospitals Association. We will be marking our appreciation with the unveiling of a plaque to recognise their generosity and ongoing support for the hospital.

“We are inviting patients, families, friends and staff to pop in during the afternoon and find out more about the support the team are able to offer families. We would love to welcome as many people as possible to come down and enjoy a cup of tea.”

The bereavement centre is situated close to the main entrance at Lincoln County Hospital, in the swanpool suite.