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Papakura Courier : May 18th 2011
4 PAPAKURA COURIER, MAY 18, 2011 NEWS Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971. www.madbutcher.co.nz Classic Kiwi Favourites Rump Steak & Beef Sausages! Offers valid from Mon 16th May - Sun 22nd May. All Stores Open 7 Days Mad Butcher Beef Flavoured Sausages $4 only .99 kilo All Mad Butcher stores are NOW OPEN to 7pm every night of the week! That's 84 hours a week to shop with New Zealand's favourite butcher! Serving suggestion only Fresh Sliced Rump Steak $10 .99 kilo Save $6kg off our everyday low price! only $5m hospice project much-needed More care: Hospice South Auckland nurse Olivia Mak and chief executive Gary Sturgess outside Totara House, which is getting a new $5.6 million wing to more than double its in-patient beds. Photo: MELISSA KINEALY By KAREN MANGNALL A dire shortage of hospice beds for dying south Auck- landers could soon be over with a $5.6 million expansion planned for Totara House. Hospice South Auckland s home of 11 years has become too small for our service , chief executive Gary Sturgess says. We desperately need more in-patient beds and more space to accommodate our home care and associated services. The expansion at the Manurewa site includes a new wing to boost in-patient beds from nine to 21 and an upgrade of facilities for day care, community nursing, family support and therapies. It s the equivalent of build- ing an additional hospice facility for south Auckland , Mr Sturgess says. Expansion plans have been on hold since 2006 because of the global economic down- turn. The need has not lessened, it has become greater, he says. Auckland s shortage of specialist in-patient beds is recognised in the national palliative care strategy and this is even more evident in south Auckland . Hospice South Auckland has nine specialist in-patient beds, the only ones for the Counties Manukau District Health Board area, but by international standards it should have 22 at least. The average stay for in- patients is 6.4 days. That s the shortest for any hospice in New Zealand but it s not a positive , Mr Sturgess says. Patients should be staying at least 12 days and ideally up to 20 so some are being discharged too soon . The expansion will help address that by providing a significant increase in in- patient beds. It will also help redress the inequity of access by the people of south Auckland to quality, culturally sensitive palliative care . The expansion puts a big emphasis on culturally sen- sitive palliative care for south Auckland s Maori, Pacific and Asian popu- lations, which are tradition- ally unwilling to use hospice services. There s a whanau room for end-of-life patients families to come and stay with them as well. It s a new initiative in New Zealand. There will also be an edu- cation centre to spread the word about palliative care to private rest homes, GPs and other health providers. The expansion won t draw any government money, Mr Sturgess says. So the nearly $6 million will be raised by us and the public --- that s on top of the $2.8 million needed to be raised for annual operating costs to top up its 70 percent funding from the health board. Auckland Council signed off the resource consent last Thursday. Now Mr Sturgess, hospice staff and supporters are look- ing forward to turning the first lump of soil in July and the completed expansion a year later. It will be quite a big dis- ruption to the site but we re doing it in a way that we can still look after our patients. It s a really exciting project.
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