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Continuing healthcare

NHS continuing healthcare is a package of continuing care provided outside hospital, arranged and funded solely by the NHS, for people with ongoing healthcare needs.

Where is NHS continuing healthcare provided?

If you are eligible, you can receive free NHS continuing healthcare in any setting, such as:

  • In your own home with services from a community nurse and personal care, such as help with bathing and dressing
  • In a care home, where as well as healthcare and personal care, the NHS will pay for your care home fees, including board and accommodation.

Who is eligible for NHS continuing healthcare?

To be eligible for NHS continuing healthcare, your main or primary need for care must relate to your health.

For example, people who are eligible are likely to:

  • Have a complex medical condition that requires a lot of care and support
  • Need highly specialised nursing support.

Someone nearing the end of their life is also likely to be eligible if they have a condition that is rapidly getting worse and may be terminal.

The Hampshire NHS Continuing Healthcare Service is hosted on our behalf by West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The CCG's website has a range of information about the service including details of who is eligible for the service and how to get in touch.