Kimba Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit opens

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30 July 2019

In late May, the Kimba community celebrated the opening of the Palliative Care Unit at the Kimba Hospital.

The facility is the result of a couple of years of work by the Hospital Auxiliary. It is an important addition to the local health service.

Sarah Modystach is the President of the Hospital Auxiliary and registered nurse at the hospital. She said that the new palliative unit provides privacy, practicable care and a homely touch.

Sarah is very proud of the team and committee for pushing this through and making it happen. ‘We are a stronger community for having this new facility and I am so passionate about health for our town.’

Toni Scott, Secretary of the Hospital Auxiliary, was honoured to give the opening’s major speech. After thanking the many people involved in the project, she singled out the volunteers who had driven the process from concept to delivery.

‘To quote a good friend of mine, “A community’s best asset is its people. It takes passionate, willing people to build strong and healthy communities.”

‘I stand here today proudly representing a group of passionate ladies. For many years they have worked tirelessly to give the people of Kimba a better standard of local services.’

Audrey Smart has been on the Auxiliary for more than 30 years, serving for 23 years as treasurer. She sees the hospital as an essential part of Kimba that provides an invaluable service.

However, Audrey also recognises the importance of volunteering. ‘I couldn’t sit at home all day!’ she told us at the opening event.

Heather Baldock, Chair of the Kimba Development Group, was thrilled at the new amenities.

‘Having had a family member use the previous palliative care facilities, I’m really thrilled with these new units. They will provide families and their loved ones with the space, comfort and homeliness that make a heartbreaking time much more private.’

Community funding

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) Community Benefits Programme contributed $230,000 to the construction of the Palliative Care Unit.

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