Director of clinical services Michael Bishop in the palliative care rooms at Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital.
Director of clinical services Michael Bishop in the palliative care rooms at Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital. Katherine Morris

Palliative care rooms reopen

PALLIATIVE care services are once again available at the Lady Bjelke-Petersen Community Hospital.

Palliative care provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms and has not been available at the hospital since it closed in 2015 and was reopened last year.

Director of clinical service Michael Bishop said people had the right to die in their communities surrounded by family and friends.

"As a community we need to care for each other towards the the end of our lives, it's empowering and wonderful to feel loved by your community as you leave,” he said.

"And have a good ending in the palliative care unit.”

The average time of stay at the facility would be about 28 days.

He said the reopening had been a five month process to get the service at the hospital.

The service will operate with a special palliative care nurse and volunteers.

There are three rooms for palliative care patients and an kitchenette and area for family and friends.

It will offer a support system for friends and family cope during the process and aims to enhance quality of life.

"It's an expensive service and we're not expecting a flood of people to start off with,” he said.

For more information about the service phone 41621444.

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