STATEMENT TO THE PRESS AND THE COMMUNITY / PUBLIC 26 May 2014

Board regrets closure of In-patient Unit

It is with deep regret that South Coast Hospice announced their Executive Board’s decision to the close Kingfisher House, their 8 bed In-patient Unit. God willing and future funding permitting, we hope that this is on a temporary basis.

This tough decision was made at the end of their financial year, March 2014, where once again South Coast Hospice Association, despite every effort, continued to show a loss.

 It was agreed that In order to sustain South Coast Hospice Association, urgent action needed to be taken across all departments.

The 8 bed 24/7 In Patient Unit,   the most cost intensive arm of South Coast Hospice’s operation needed to be urgently reviewed in terms of cost effectiveness.   This is against a backdrop of reduced funding from major donors and rising costs.

QUALITY PALLIATIVE CARE AND FAMILY SUPPORT WILL CONTINUE UNDER THE FOLLOWING PROGRAMMES , AS USUAL

Integrated Community Home based Care: Urban and Rural

Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programme

Day Care programme

Grief and Bereavement

Social Work Services

MDR-TB programme

The HWSETA Accredited Training Academy

The newly acquired Care and Support Mobile Clinic

South Coast Hospice currently provides palliative care to 460 patients including children; this excludes the countless interventions given to family members. Every effort will be made to network even more closely with our local hospitals to promote quality palliative care for patients who need admission.

Chief Executive Officer, Diane Van Dyk said “Whilst this has come as a blow as the In-Patient  Unit represents Palliative Care at its best, I urge all our community members who have supported us in so many ways during the past 31 years to continue to give us support and represent us as ambassadors for the work that we do.   We will be exploring various cost efficient models to enhance the provision of the highest

quality of palliative care. In all future planning, Doctor Hilton Horsley, the Board Medical Director, Doctor Andre Nell, South Coast Hospice’s Medical officer, together with founder Kath Defilippi and other interested parties will meet to discuss the way forward.

Saying goodbye to staff has been very difficult and we pay tribute to all our past staff members, volunteers and all those who have been associated with the In-Patient Unit.

South Coast Hospice would like to take this opportunity to reassure all patients on our various programmes that their care and support will continue. (Affirming Life ... every day, in every way!)”

 

 
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