Local charity, Palliative 4 People, has been busy behind the scenes purchasing much-need equipment to fit out a dedicated palliative care room at Coonabarabran Health Service.
While storm damage at the hospital in January, and subsequent repairs, have put the room refurbishment on hold, the project is still moving forward.
The group has been actively planning the new room, with grant money used to purchase a bed, recliner chair, kitchen goods, diffuser, outdoor furniture and barbecue.
Quotes have also been received for both the bathroom and kitchen Palliative 4 People spokesperson, Jane McWhirter,saidthesewere going to be the biggest costs to cover due to hospital specifications and
“These costs are, to date, looking like at least $50,000,” Mrs McWhirter said.
“O’Neill Painting Service has kindly donated their services when the time comes to paint the room and their supplier, Dulux, has said they will donate the paint.
“Even though progress is slow, please be assured that it is well underway in the planning and once the hospital is in order it will commence.”
Following the success of “The Event” last year, the group has plans for future fund-raisers in order to complete the project.
Mrs McWhirter said palliative care does an enormous amount to ease the burden for the patient and families when further treatments were exhausted.
“Palliative care matters wherever you are, whoever you are, it doesn’t discriminate and we all need to talk more on this subject to loved ones,” she said.
“While our idea started off as a refurbishment of a room, it has grown to us now getting a room to refurbish - many other hospitals bigger than this don’t have this opportunity.”
Coonabarabran Health Service manager, Sue Berry, pictured with Palliative 4 People representatives, Jane McWhirter and Carolyn Dowling.