Lionesses help ease the way for palliative care facility
THE need for a palliative care facility at Wyong Hospital remains a strong driving force for members of the Gwandalan Lioness Club.
Concerned that Wyong regional residents have to travel to Newcastle or Gosford for palliative care they have been busy raising funds for their Lions Committee which is supporting the establishment of 'Elsie's Respite Care' Centre in the area.
The project has been named in honour of the late Elsie Green of San Remo, whose dying wish was for a local respite centre for the terminally ill.
Because of bed shortages Mrs Green was forced to stay in a nursing home while battling her illness.
Neighbours and friends rallied to her cause and thanks to the generosity of organisations such as Gwandalan Lions and Lioness Clubs the project is fast gaining momentum.
Last month Gwandalan Lioness held a successful fashion parade sponsored by 'On the Lane Boutique' at Toukley.
More than 150 people attended the function and generously supported the appeal.
Numerous items for auction and a huge raffle were donated.
Lioness Club spokesperson Helen Morrison said everyone was aware of the need for a palliative care centre to serve the region's fast growing north.
"It's sad that those requiring palliative care have to travel so far for help," she said.
"We even have one of our members who is forced to go to a private hospital at Toronto for her necessary care."
While Wyong Hospital does not have a palliative care unit it does have the following: an alcohol and drug unit, coronary care unit, emergency department; geriatric assessment unit; maintenance renal dialysis unit, obstetrics services, oncology unit, paediatric service; psychiatric unit; rehabilitation unit.