People invited to tour the Louise Hamilton Centre in Gorleston

People are invited to see the new £1.5m Louise Hamilton Centre at the James Paget University Hospital (JPH) on Saturday, February 23.

Generous residents across Great Yarmouth and Waveney have backed the Palliative Care Appeal which launched six years ago to build a much-needed palliative and supportive care centre.

Now people can look round the centre, designed by Norwich-based architects LSI, and speak to the staff and volunteers who will be providing services.

The public open day will run from 10am to 2pm.

Some patients and their families live with an illness and its effects for many years and need emotional and practical support.

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For illnesses where a cure is not possible the focus is on quality of life to help them come to terms with the situation and to live their lives as fully as possible.

The Louise Hamilton Centre will provide specialist palliative care services, advice and support including welfare and money matters, therapy groups, a variety of information about health conditions, support for carers and will also offer complementary and relaxation therapies.

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The centre will also act as the hub for a network of supportive and palliative care services across Great Yarmouth and Waveney and will help signpost people towards community-based services, including the new Big C centre in Great Yarmouth.

The centre opens on March 4 and will host a range of information and supportive care services provided by a wide range of organisations working in partnership - from the NHS, to local cancer charities, patient support groups, and bereavement groups.

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