Cash boost for community hospice

Ginny Green.
Ginny Green.
Otago Community Hospice has had a cash boost following a significant increase in patient numbers.

The Central Otago Lakes Trust has pledged almost $70,000 to the service over the next three years.

It presently averaged about 50 patients in the region, up from 32 this time last year.

Chief Executive Ginny Green said while that might not seem like many, the service was also there to assist each patient's network of supporters, including family members, carers and other health providers.

The funds were in addition to a $35,000 grant from Upper Clutha Hospice Trust this year.

She said the increase in had added to the workload of the team.

However, financial gains were not the only aspect being celebrated at the Otago Community Hospice this week.

The team also welcomed Angela Thomas into a newly established role of a hospice care co-ordinator.

Ms Thomas, who has a nursing background, has moved to the district from Dunedin, where she worked in the intensive care unit at Dunedin Hospital.

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