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Luxury lodges built at hospice

Under floor heating is just one of the innovations helping to bring comfort to terminally-ill patients in Blurton.

Three units have been unveiled at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice that feature a range of state-of-the-art technologies, the Sentinel reports.

A grant from the Department of Health has allowed the luxury lodges to be built and their design aims to keep costs down.

Pipes buried below the ground will provide hot water and under floor heating in each of the treatment rooms.

Chairman of the hospice's board of trustees Chris Myatt said: "These lodges will be a real benefit to the hospice. They are really beautiful and people won't fail to be impressed."

The facilities comprise an open-plan kitchen, en-suite bedroom and living area with a sofa bed.

Established in 1973, the Douglas Macmillan Hospice is the only adult unit of its kind in North Staffordshire providing support for patients and their families.