Lo­cal base for hospice

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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.

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