STOCKBRIDGE’S MP has paid a visit to the region’s hospices for children and young adults.

The MP for Romsey and Southampton North Caroline Nokes visited Naomi House & Jacksplace on January 18.

Ms Nokes met with chief executive Mark Smith and toured the Sutton Scotney-based children’s hospice and charity’s facility for young adults.

As part of her visit, she also saw the new long-term ventilation unit, where children who have recently been ventilated by tracheostomy can stay for extended periods while they await the creation of their care package.

Ms Nokes said: “Whilst it is dreadful for any parent in this situation, Naomi House & Jacksplace offer a wonderful environment for children and young adults with life limiting and life threatening illnesses.

“It is clear that a massive amount of care and thought has gone in to making sure both the facilities and the atmosphere are as homely as possible.”

Mr Smith added: “I was very pleased to welcome Caroline Nokes MP to Naomi House & Jacksplace, and talk to her about the service we offer hundreds of families across the region and in her Romsey and Southampton North constituency. We hope the minister will be a strong advocate for Naomi House & Jacksplace and the wider children’s hospice sector in Westminster.”