NEW PALLIATIVE CARE SERVICES FOR NORTH BURNETT
THE Biggenden Hospital Auxiliary and its supporters are celebrating as the final touches are put on a community-funded palliative care extension to the Biggenden Multi-Purpose Health Service.
Local community organisations and residents fundraised for more than a decade to cover the $120,000 cost of the extension.
The extension provides additional private space besides an existing palliative care room for the families of palliative care patients to stay with their loved ones.
“This gives the ability for families to stay with their dying relative in comfort and can accommodate more than one person,” Biggenden MPHS Director of Nursing Heather MacKellar said.
“To be together with their partner and loved ones reduces the patient’s pain and anxiety – it’s comforting for them to have their family with them.
“It gives the family an opportunity to say goodbye and they can see their loved one is being looked after so they do not go home each night worried about their care.”
The extension has been fitted out according to OHS and other standards and includes lounges, kitchen facilities such as a fridge and kettle, cupboards, tables, drawers and more.
While the official community opening is yet to be held, local groups that fundraised towards the work were given a sneak peek of the extension in mid December.
“We’ve aimed for this for so long and it shows what you can do when you put your mind to it,” Biggenden Hospital Auxiliary president Elizabeth Vicary said.
“This was an all-of-community effort and I would love to thank everyone for their contributions because without them it would not happen.”
As well of tours of the extension, a morning tea was held and Ms MacKellar and Community Reference Group Chair Don Proctor thanked the groups involved.
Groups that raised money included the Biggenden Hospital Auxiliary, Biggenden RSL, Biggenden RSLWomen’s Auxiliary, Biggenden and District Disaster Support Group and the Ruff ‘n’ Tuff Car Rally.
A number of individuals and families also donated.
It’s comforting for them to have their family with them. — Heather MacKellar
BIG IMPROVEMENTS: Bill Proudlock, Letty Marshall and Lorraine Proudlock check out the new palliative care room.
Craig Smidt, Elizabeth Vicary, Letty Marshall, Alex McNaughton, Heather MacKellar, Ken Trigger and Don Proctor in the recently completed palliative care room funded by the community at the Biggenden MPHS.
NEW: Wide Bay Health Chair Peta Jamieson.
The new palliative care room at the Biggenden MPHS.
Tonya Ravenscroft, Lyn and Leo Heaton and Greg Hardy.