A NEW centre aimed at supporting families dealing with the death of relatives is opening at North Manchester General Hospital.

The Swan Suite Bereavement Centre will open its doors for the first time today during Dying Matters Awareness Week.

Is the first of four new bereavement centres due to open at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The others will be located at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, The Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary.

This will be the first centre offering a bereavement service at the trust, as previously all bereavement issues were handled through the general office.

Fiona Murphy, associate director of nursing at the trust said: “I am really excited and proud to open this new Swan Suite Bereavement Centre at North Manchester General Hospital.

“A great many staff across the trust from porters, to nurses, to managers, have all gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure this vitally important service

could get up and running as soon as possible.”

“I know that the centre will have a huge impact on the service and support given to those that have lost a loved one at North Manchester.”

The centre is located opposite the general office on the main corridor in the Quad area at North Manchester General Hospital.