Nelson Leader : February 14th 2013
17 THE NELSON LEADER, FEBRUARY 14, 2013 In 1999 an agreement was signed with the Health Funding Authority, now the Nelson District Health Board, for Nelson Region Hospice Trust to provide specialist palliative care for the district. Palliative care incorporates a wide range of both "specialist" and "generalist" health and social services providers. Specialist palliative care, such as provided by Nelson Hospice, is differentiated from generalist care by some significant boundaries. Specialist palliative care services includes an inpatient facility and community nursing team staffed by specifically palliative care trained personnel. The specialist palliative service does not only include highly trained nurses and doctors, but also includes a social worker, bereavement counsellor, chaplain, physiotherapist, all of whom make up an experienced and highly qualified multi- disciplinary specialist palliative care team. Specialist palliative care is required when the patient's needs exceed the resources of the generalist providers. Anyone with a life limiting illness who requires intensive symptom control for physical, psychosocial, emotional and/or spiritual needs may be referred. A major component of specialist palliative treatment is pain management and preventing and relieving suffering through early identification and assessment and treatment of pain and other physical, psychosocial and spiritual problems. Specialist palliative care providers have undergone specific training and/or accreditation in palliative care/medicine and work in context with an expert interdisciplinary team of palliative care health professionals. The Nelson Region Hospice staff also visit patients in age care facilities and hospitals and provide 24/7 support. In addition, the Nelson Region Hospice also conducts palliative care training sessions for staff in hospitals, aged care facilities, district nursing, general practice and other health providers as and when required. Generalist palliative care provided for those with life-limiting illness is an integral part of standard clinical practice by any healthcare professional who is not part of a specialist palliative care team. This involves GPs, primary care teams, home based support agencies, aged care facilities, district nurses and Maori health providers. Some of these generalist providers will have ongoing contact with a family throughout and following illness; others such as district nurses or hospital teams will have episodic contact, depending on the needs of the patient and family. Regarded as the founder of today's modern hospice movement, Dame Cicely Saunders started St Christopher's Hospice in South London in 1967. She is credited with charting new approaches in techniques for treatment of the terminally ill, techniques upon which today's palliative care treatments are based and follow her fundamental belief that no human life, no matter how wretched, should be denied dignity and love. In her book Living with Dying (1983) she PO Box 283, Nelson 7040 | Phone 03 546 3910 | 8.00am-4.30pm (Mon- Fri) www.nelsonhospice.org.nz Nelson Region Hospice - What is specialist palliative care? Hospice vision: To make the final journey as positive and comfortable as possible. 5035557AA Nelson Region Hospice Trust PO Box 283, Nelson 7040 Ph: 03 546 910 Monday-Friday 8.00am-4.30pm Eden Villa (Administration Department) 46 Manuka Street, Nelson 7040 Ph: 03 546 3910 Fax: 03 545 6695 Trust Office and Gallery (Finance Department) 23 Alma Lane, Buxton Car Park, Nelson 7010 Ph: 03 546 7254 Fax: 03 546 3913 Fundraising and Marketing 23 Alma Lane, Buxton Car Park, Nelson 7010 Ph: 03 546 7254 Community Palliative Care Services 46 Manuka Street, Nelson 7010 Ph: 03 546 3910 (ext 2) Fax: 03 546 3911 Hospice Inpatient Unit 40 Manuka Street, Nelson 7010 Ph: 03 546 3950 Fax: 03 546 3951 Hospice Shops Manager Ph: 03 546 7254 For more Nelson Region Hospice Trust information visit our new website: www.nelsonhospice.org.nz To care always - Atawhaihia, Manaakihia Mo Ake Tonu CONTACTS Myer van Gosliga Fourteen year old Nelson College student Myer van Gosliga is the Nelson Hospice Youth Ambassador. Myer started work at the Nelson Hospice over the summer holiday and thoroughly enjoyed his time there -- and continues to do so. He particularly thrives on working with the diverse group of people encountered in his Hospice work experiences. Myer says he found getting out into the community with pick ups and drop offs with Wayne really enjoyable. He has a great sense of the importance to the community of the Hospice services. Youth Ambassador: 14 yea r old, Myer van Gosliga. Nelson Tasman's first Youth Ambassador Ensuring comprehensive, specialist palliative care is provided across all disciplines, and to enable provision of the best possible care for patients by all involved, Nelson Region Hospice holds regular multi- disciplinary team meetings. The multi-disciplinary team comprises consulting physicians, GPs and Nelson Region Hospice doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplain and volunteers co- ordinator.The purpose of these meetings is to fully involve and engage all concerned with the care of patients with complex care needs. They come together, either around the meeting table or on a conference phone call, to get the full patient picture, from all angles, to enable the best possible treatment and care for the patient and support for the family. Total carer involvement The [hospice] movement begun by Cicely Saunders in the UK in 1967 changed the face of death for millions of people, not only the dying but also those around them. Her hope when she founded St Christopher's Hospice in South London was "To help the dying to live until they die and their families to live on" The Daily Telegraph (UK) obituaries 2005 explained that hospice care involves not only the alleviation of pain, but addresses patients' "mental, social and spiritual pain". As a specialist palliative care provider, Nelson Region Hospice Trust follows the philosophies of the original hospice and its founder.
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