A NEW website launched by a Bucks hospice will provide online support for patients and family to seek advice and support at all times.

The South Bucks Hospice launched the new site to keep people updated on the progress of the new state of the art hospice which is going to be built on the former Kingswood County First School site in Totteridge Lane.

But perhaps more importantly it has a new support forum, which has been funded and set up in memory of Karen Jenkins, a former patient at the hospice.

Her family and friends set up a charity called Karen's Big Smile in 2011, which is dedicated to helping young adults with life limiting condition.

The forum will enable users to log in at any time, day or night and ask questions, seek advice and support or simply express their thoughts and feelings, which is particularly important if people are feeling alone of anxious outside normal office hours.

Nurses will offer specialist advice and support relating to diagnosis, treatment, drugs, pain relief, emotional or psychological support and bereavement issues.

Palliative Care Service Manager, Helen McCurdy, said she hopes this will encourage younger people who may often feel isolated and afraid to access our services.

The site also promotes the different ways in which residents can support the hospice and will offer online ticket purchase, which will enable the charity to significantly reduce administration costs.

There is a dedicated section to keep everyone updated on the progress of the building of the new hospice and The Butterfly Appeal which has been launched to raise the remaining money required for this new hospice.

Go to www.sbh.org.uk