A PACK designed to give comfort to relatives of people who are dying will contain new items following a pilot scheme.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s End of Life team have been working in Barnsley Hospital over the last year to bring relatives a comfort care pack.

It now includes things like mints, tissues, puzzle books, notepads, pens, toothbrush and toothpaste.

Spokesman Suzanne Monks said: “The main aim of the packs was to offer items that enhance care for relatives and patients within the hospital setting by duplicating some of the comfort measures that can be found in a hospice environment.

“The act of being able to give the packs will also help staff to start conversations with patients and families at such a difficult time.

“The additional items have been requested through feedback by relatives and carers who over the last 12 months had received the Comfort Care Packs and said the additional items could improve experiences further.”

The Comfort Care Packs contain information on signs and symptoms, general hospital information and bereavement services, meal vouchers to be used in the hospital, vouchers for free car parking and a voucher for a free Chronicle newspaper.