CARE packs are being handed out to Barnsley Hospital patients to help them when it's time for them to head for home.

The scheme comes after Barnsley Hospital Charity successfully secured funding from Barnsley Council’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) to support patients with the rising cost of living.

It is being supported by charity volunteers and is helping the discharge team and wards to provide care packs for 1,500 patients leaving the hospital.

The care packs include food and refreshments, a warm fleece blanket and a reusable bag.

Jane Mills, charity development manager at Barnsley Hospital, said: “The care packs are supporting people returning home after a stay in the hospital, providing the essentials which they need to help ease them back into every day life at home whilst also helping them with the cost of living.

“Being in hospital is something none of us enjoy, but to be in hospital during such a critical time we’re living through now brings so many additional stresses for patients.”

Coun Caroline Makinson, cabinet spokesperson for public health and communities at Barnsley Council, added: “We are pleased the fund can be used to help our residents, who have already found themselves in a difficult situation and having to stay in hospital, get back on their feet and make the transmission back to their own home a little bit easier.

“As a council, we are committed to supporting people as we see a rise in the cost of living.”