A HOSPICE has issued advice on assisted suicide after a hard-hitting TV soap storyline.

St Helena Hospice, which cares for people with terminal illnesses, has reacted after Coronation Street's heartbreaking story about one of its best-loved characters.

Mark Jarman-Howe, hospice chief executive, said: “The current storyline on Coronation Street relating to cancer sufferer Hayley and her decision to pursue an assisted suicide raises awareness of the difficult circumstances and decisions that people often have to face at the end of life."

People who need advice or support can contact the hospice on 01206 890360 or visit sthelenahospice.org.uk.