St Luke’s cares for patient and family

2015-05-05 07:16
A nurse with a patient at the hospice in Kenilworth.

A nurse with a patient at the hospice in Kenilworth.

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St Luke’s Hospice celebrates Hospice Week in an effort to bring attention to its service to terminally ill patients and their families in the Cape Town area.

Celebrations began on Sunday and ends Saturday.

Hospice manager Margaret Roestorf says: “At St Luke’s we lovingly embrace the patients and their families through a period which is often devastating and traumatic. Our multi-disciplinary teams step in with medical treatment, care, practical advice and spiritual guidance.”

The theme for this year’s Hospice Week is “Passion for compassion”.

“At St Luke’s Hospice, we provide palliative care which affirms life. Its purpose is looking after someone as a ‘whole person’, and not only a physical being. Its objective is to keep the patient free from all distressing symptoms, particularly pain, so that they have quality of life, and live as actively as possible,” she says.

Roestorf says palliative care neither hastens nor postpones death, which is a natural process.

“Our care and support is also extended to the patient’s loved ones in every way necessary,” she says.

She adds that the hospice’s services are offered to patients from all walks of life, all religions and all cultures – at no cost.

“We are therefore heavily reliant on donations and sponsorships from individuals and corporates who, like St Luke’s Hospice, are passionate about making a difference to the lives of the terminally ill,” Roestorf explains.

As one of the oldest hospices in South Africa – celebrating 35 years of caring this year – “we pride ourselves on our invaluable services which we offer to the communities of the greater Cape Town area free of charge,” she says.

Roestorf says on any given day the St Luke’s interdisciplinary team helps almost 1 000 patients and their families at the in-patient unit in Kenilworth, seven community centres and a large base of community health workers who help patients in their homes under the supervision of qualified nurses.

“The nurses attend to bedridden patients suffering from HIV/Aids and chronic diseases, and provide essential services such as washing, feeding, bed-making, mobilising, dressings and mouth care,” she says.


For advice on how to become a St Luke’s Hospice patient or to contribute towards these services email or visit

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