A proposed hospice facility in Wanaka will receive a funding
boost from the Otago Community Hospice (OCH) annual street
appeal on Friday.
Funds raised in the Upper Clutha during the appeal will be
shared between the OCH - the area's current provider of
community-based specialist palliative care - and the Upper
Clutha Hospice Trust (UCHT), which are working together to
provide more hospice services in the area.
OCH chief executive Ginny Green said the organisation was
''absolutely committed'' to supporting the proposal and would
continue to ensure Upper Clutha residents had access to
specialist palliative care services.
It cost about $175,000 each year to provide hospice services
free of charge for Central Otago residents, nearly 70% of
which was funded by the Southern District Health Board.
OCH supported its patients where they wanted to be - usually
at home - and 70% of patients on the hospice programme did
not need to be admitted to the OCH inpatient unit in Dunedin.
However, because some did require admission for symptom
management or to provide respite for family members, Wanaka
residents had identified a need for a local care facility and
so established the UCHT, which has plans for a palliative and
respite care facility in the aged-care complex.
It is to be built at the Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement
Village and is expected to be operational in late 2015.
The nursing, catering, laundry and cleaning support would be
provided by the complex operator and patients would continue
to receive medical care from their own GPs, with support from
OCH and Dunstan Hospital clinicians.