Local base for hospice
Mary Potter Hospice services to the people of the Porirua basin and Wellington’s northern suburbs will be enhanced by a new hospice base in Porirua’s Prosser St.
With a 200-square-metre retail outlet, offices taking up 510sqm and wheelchair access, it is ‘‘great news’’ for their Porirua patients, hospice chief executive Ria Earp says.
The hospice would also look at establishing a day unit, she said.
‘‘We are delighted with this move. Currently we have day units in Newtown and Paraparaumu and they provide wonderful support for our patients and their families.
‘‘ Now we can consider providing such a service to Porirua for the first time. It will also mean easier access for the public to our services because we will be centrally located – at the moment our offices are on top of a hill by Kenepuru Hospital.
‘‘We will also be able to provide a new shop for the people of Porirua, selling quality pre-loved goods.’’
Ms Earp said the new facility was sorely needed since the hospice’s Porirua community staff have had to spend many years working out of an old, cramped building and the Tawa warehouse was too small to accommodate donated goods.
Work on refurbishing the Prosser St premises is under way. It is expected to be completed by the end of August.