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Kalamunda Hospital executive director Di Barr, MLA Matthew Hughes and nurse unit manager Judy Brand.

Kalamunda palliative care facility on course

MAJOR works to enhance the palliative care service at Kalamunda Hospital are on track.

As part of the $9.5  million redevelopment, the day hospice attached to the Anderton Ward palliative care unit will be open to patients on July 1.

The refurbished wing includes fit-for-purpose therapy rooms, a dedicated entrance, waiting rooms and a social room to provide social and therapeutic support for patients being cared for at home.

Kalamunda Hospital project clinical lead Inese Morton said the introduction of a day hospice had significant benefits for both the hospital and its patients.

“Our day hospice is definitely needed because we need to stop the pressure on the emergency department and also allow people to stay at home as long as they want to,” she said.

“Palliative care is something that is not well understood and the day hospice helps provide symptom management and the opportunity to have a quality of life.”

Nurse unit manager Judy Brand who will oversee both the day hospice and the Anderton Ward said the day hospice offered much more than medical service to patients with life-limiting illnesses.

“The day hospice provides the gap that’s missing,” Ms Brand said.

“Patients can come in when they’re not too sick and they have mild symptoms but also for socialisation.

“When you have a life limiting illness it can sometimes be depressing and often people don’t like to talk about it but when they’re sharing a journey with someone else they can open up and participate without their condition being the main reason they’re there.”

The redevelopment also includes upgraded rooms and ensuites in the inpatient unit, two rooms with facilities designed for bariatric patients, a redeveloped family room for families to stay overnight, which includes a hydrotherapy bath and enhanced landscaping and improved access to the outdoor spaces.

The palliative care facility is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2023.

By Morgan de Smidt

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