Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland hospice is rebuilt in north Belfast

Media captionThousands of terminally ill people have been cared for at Somerton House, north Belfast, since the hospice opened

Northern Ireland Hospice has officially launched the rebuild of its adult hospice in north Belfast.

The hospice said that having served the community for over 25 years, Somerton House needs significant investment to ensure it is fit for purpose.

It is now building a new facility on the site that it says "will meet the end of life care needs of the next generation".

The old Somerton House closed its doors in 2012.

Since then the hospice has been operating out of temporary accommodation at Whiteabbey Hospital in Newtownabbey and Jennymount Business Park in Belfast.

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