Hospice opens new palliative care unit
In-patient care for terminally ill people is finally available locally.
Hospice West Auckland's two-bedroom Specialist Palliative Care Unit opened its doors to new patients on Friday.
The Kowhai Suite was opened by Prime Minister John Key and will give patients additional support during their last days of life.
Previously patients would have to travel to other facilities on the North Shore and Hibiscus Coast.
The facility was developed in partnership with Waitemata District Health Board which provided $350,000 for establishment costs and will continue to contribute $500,000 a year to deliver the inpatient service.
Board chief executive Dale Bramley says the unit will provide high-quality care.
"The extra capacity will also improve access to the nine Waitemata District Health Board funded beds at North Shore Hospice and four at Hibiscus Hospice."
Hospice West Auckland's chief executive Barbara Williams says the new suite will allow the organisation to provide quality one-on-one, 24 hour care.
Mr Key says the suite is an important new addition to the west.
"It's great to see the result of a vision from the philanthropic efforts of hospice and it's an extremely important part of the community by providing support for the families of those in critical need," Mr Key says.
"Most of the time the care provides more support for the families rather than the patients and the fact that happens in such a beautiful environment gives people comfort. It's a tough time for a lot of people who come here," he says.
The unit is complete with two bedrooms, each with an en suite, a welcome area, kitchen and lounge, with room for families to stay overnight if needed.
Hospice West Auckland is looking for expressions of interest from nurses and general practitioners to work in the suite.
Call 834 9750 for more information.
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