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New £13m Northern Ireland hospice opens doors

After six years of planning and two of construction, staff at the Northern Ireland Hospice have celebrated the opening of their new state-of-the-art facility.

The doors of the £13m building in north Belfast were finally thrown open yesterday.

The world-class hospice will provide palliative care for patients with a wide range of life-limiting illnesses at the site of an old hospice on Somerton Road.

The unit, which has 18 beds, will also operate a special service for people with dementia.

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