Pittwater Life April 2018 Issue

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Building on care

News

Passionate locals who

spent decades lobbying

for palliative care closer

to home are over the moon

following the establishment

of the Northern Beaches’ first

dedicated inpatient unit for

patients with life-limiting

illnesses.

A new, state-of-the-art,

10-bed Palliative Care Unit

at Mona Vale Hospital will

allow patients who are in

the final stages of their lives

to remain on the beaches

instead of having to go to the

north shore when specialised

hospitalisation is needed.

The unit will be part

of a new building to be

constructed overlooking the

coast on the far-eastern side

of the hospital’s campus.

Unveiling the preliminary

sketches late last month,

Member for Pittwater Rob

Stokes said this was the ideal

location for an increasingly

important inpatient service

FIRST LOOK: An artist’s impression of the new Palliative Care Unit (above) which will be built over the existing helipad

overlooking the coast and water. It will provide an inpatient service not previously available on the Northern Beaches.

that’s never been available on

the Northern Beaches.

“The new unit will take

advantage of the coastal

surrounds and planners will

carefully incorporate this

into the detailed design,” Mr

Stokes said.

“It’s envisaged the new

unit will have a less clinical

look and feel than acute

hospitals – with the aim of

providing a comfortable and

welcoming environment for

patients and their families

during the most difficult and

challenging times.”

The palliative care

inpatient service will be

provided by NSW Health and

will complement the in-home

and community care services

managed by HammondCare.

Friends of Northern

Beaches Palliative Care

President Jo-Ann Steeves

said those individuals who

had worked for decades for a

dedicated space of this type

on the beaches were thrilled

with the news.

“We are, of course,

absolutely delighted – after

all this time!” she said.

“The tyranny of distance

that has precluded complete

palliative care close to home

and family will no longer be

an issue.

“Specialist hospitalisation

for respite and end-of-life

care will be close to loved

ones and blessed by nature’s

gifts from the sea.”

Jo-Ann said the Northern

8 APRIL 2018

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