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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.

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