ALL NEW CENTRE OPENED
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.