Changes made to Hospice constitution

2015-06-25 06:00
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SOUTH Coast Hospice announced changes to its constitution for the 2015/2016 financial year.

This was announced at the annual general meeting at the Port Shepstone Country Club on Thursday.

One of the changes made by the association was in its list of objectives, which was to establish itself in the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast area, a Hospice programme to provide comprehensive care for people with cancer, HIV/Aids, motor neuron disease and to empower and support their families.

The amendments made because Hospice only provided for people with advanced progressive disease.

Hospice chairman Dave Boyd said 2015 was challenging as they had to close the Kingfisher House in-patient unit due to a lack of funding.

Boyd said running the unit is very expensive and the purpose of Kingfisher House is to accommodate short-stay patients who need extra care.

Boyd also touched on the issue of life and founder members of the association which also had a slight change.

“Life members or founder membership shall be given to those who have rendered exceptional services to the association and those who have made donations of property, assets or money in excess of R100 000,” he said.

The treasurer gave a financial report which showed improvement compared to previous years and thanked the dedicated staff, partners and sponsors for their hard work.

Dr André Nell, one of the doctors assisting at Hospice, was given special recognition by one of the in-patient unit patients for being a father figure and for giving her hope in life.

There were no changes to the board members for the new financial year.

CEO Di Van Wyk reminded everyone that Hospice’s priority is to keep the dignity of patients.

Nell and Doctor Horsley were presented with certificates of appreciation for their dedication

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