Hospice unveils new wing

2017-03-16 06:02
 Photo: suppliedAt the opening of the new wing of the Verulam Regional Hospice Association (from left) Colin Naidoo (Airports Co), Hospice board chairman Professor Chandru Kisten, Nova Chetty, Sibaya trustees Judge Vuka Tahabalala, Vivian Reddy and Tristan Kaatze and Hospice member, Danny Chetty.

Photo: suppliedAt the opening of the new wing of the Verulam Regional Hospice Association (from left) Colin Naidoo (Airports Co), Hospice board chairman Professor Chandru Kisten, Nova Chetty, Sibaya trustees Judge Vuka Tahabalala, Vivian Reddy and Tristan Kaatze and Hospice member, Danny Chetty.

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THE Verulam Regional Hospice officially opened a much-needed new wing at its centre in Riyadh Township on March 3.

Hospice deputy chairperson Danny Chetty said the R1,2 million wing, built by Sibaya Community Trust incorporated an education and training centre, nurses station, ablution facilities, medical storeroom, social workers room and an area for counselling, day care and examination.

Chetty said the wing was necessary as they had outgrown the existing facility.

“We cater for 107 patients in a massive catchment area and it was getting difficult for us to conduct activities professionally with the large numbers.

“Often counselling, particularly in the case of the sick, requires complete privacy and it was almost impossible for us to provide this in our busy, existing building.”

Chetty said they also were unable to provide education and training and high quality care.

“As a result we came up with plans to build an extension, but were desperately short of funds. Thankfully Sibaya Community Trust came to the rescue by providing this capital. They are literally life-savers and we appreciate their kindness and consideration.”

Sibaya Community Trust trustee Vivian Reddy welcomed the completion of the project.

“We are aware of the good work the hospice is conducting and therefore agreed to support them. They are really a well-run professional outfit and this new wing only serves to improve their offering. When you visit the Hospice, it opens one’s eyes to the hardship and suffering, mainly experienced by the elderly.

“We were really touched by what we saw and hope that our contribution will go a long way towards alleviating the Hospice’s problems.”

The Verulam Regional Hospice Association was established in 1997 to cater for health care in its surrounding districts. The hospice offers home-based palliative care and support, day care, bereavement and grief counseling.

It is affiliated to the Hospice Association of Kwazulu-Natal and the Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa. It also provides medication, medical supplies and food provisions free of charge. The Hospice has 107 patients receiving home-based palliative care and daycare.

It’s catchment stretches from the Ottawa River to Fairbreeze including the townships of Waterloo, Amaotana, Osindisweni, Cottonlands and Ogunjini.

Most of the patients at the hospice come from disadvantaged and impoverished backgrounds requiring both psycho-social and medical care. The facility has a multidisciplinary team comprising volunteer medical doctors, professional nurses, social worker, spiritual counselor, trained caregivers and therapists.

- Supplied.

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