Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­

A COM­BINED com­mu­nity ef­fort span­ning more than a decade paid off yes­ter­day.

North Bur­nett res­i­dents pulled to­gether $120,000 to cover the cost of ex­tend­ing Biggen­den MPHS pal­lia­tive care unit.

It was of­fi­cially opened yes­ter­day morn­ing.

Wide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Board chair­woman Peta Jamieson at the of­fi­cial open­ing said it was a won­der­ful oc­ca­sion to ac­knowl­edge the amaz­ing achieve­ment by the Biggen­den com­mu­nity.

“The ex­ten­sion pro­vides ad­di­tional pri­vate space for fam­i­lies of pal­lia­tive care pa­tients to stay with their loved ones,” she said.

“It is a won­der­ful room fit­ted with beau­ti­ful fur­ni­ture and all the ba­sic needs so peo­ple don’t have to worry about ac­com­mo­da­tion.”

Biggen­den MPHS di­rec­tor of nurs­ing Heather MacKel­lar said to be to­gether with their part­ner and loved ones re­duced the pa­tient’s pain and anx­i­ety.

“It’s com­fort­ing for them to have their fam­ily with them,” she said.

Linda Fuller was for many years the Biggen­den Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary sec­re­tary re­spon­si­ble for all the let­ter writ­ing in re­la­tion to the pal­lia­tive care room.

“There was many a meet­ing do­ing plans and many other meet­ings with the WBHHS ex­ec­u­tive,” she said.

“To­day is just fan­tas­tic. “It makes all the hard yards of cook­ing, clean­ing and long hours flip­ping burg­ers all worth­while.”


COM­MU­NITY CEL­E­BRATES: Wide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Board chair­woman Peta Jamieson with Biggen­den Hos­pi­tal Aux­il­iary pres­i­dent Liz Vi­cary at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the com­mu­nity funded pal­lia­tive care ex­ten­sion to the Biggen­den MPHS.

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