Palliative care centre to open wine bar

Tuesday, 18 Oct 2016


A hospital in France is opening a wine bar so that its terminally ill patients can enjoy a drink with their friends and family.

The bar at Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital will open in September and will be housed in the hospital’s palliative care centre.

“Why should we refuse the charms of the soil to those at the end of their lives? Nothing justifies such an prohibition,” the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital Center said in statement.

The center’s head, Dr. Virginie Guastella, said terminally ill patients had the right to “enjoy themselves”.

Staff will be trained on how to handle patients who come to the bar, which will also stock beer, whisky and champagne.

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