A TOWN hospice is on the hunt for more nurses as it looks to expand its service.

Oakhaven Hospice in Lower Pennington Lane, Lymington, has launched an urgent recruitment campaign and says its priority is finding new community nurses and night nurses.

It is also looking for extra nurses who can help cover both day and night-shifts as well as work both in the community and in-patient teams.

The hospice serves most of the New Forest including Totton and the Waterside and currently employs over 20 nurses along with doctors and other specialist staff.

Lucy Smith, Director of Patient Services, said: “More people in our New Forest catchment area need our help and we are recruiting additional nursing staff to make sure we can be there for patients, their families and their carers when they need us most.

“We have now permanently increased our number of beds from eight to ten. This latest recruitment drive will enable us to offer up to four more beds as we did during lockdown to support the NHS, bringing the total to 14.”

To help in finding new staff, the hospice is now promoting vacancies across Hampshire through social media appeals and billboards inspired by the experiences of current nurses at the Hospice and how they describe working there.