$1m Dulguigan hospice opens doors
THE $1million-plus Wedgetail Retreat near Murwillumbah will be open to the public on Saturday, February 21, to celebrate the imminent opening of one of the state's first independent hospices.
Entertainment and food will be provided at 12 Wedgetail Ct, Dulguigan.
The hospice's newly appointed clinical nurse manager, Kelly Northeast, will be on hand to talk with guests.
Ms Northeast will lead a team of registered nurses and trained volunteer carers to offer 24-hour nursing care at the facility for the first time.
"The aim of the service is to complement the palliative care service provided by both the Murwillumbah and Tweed Hospitals, and our Community Health teams," Ms Northeast said.
"We accept clients from anywhere in the Northern Rivers and beyond."
The centre has been unable to attract state or federal government funding so will have an annual fundraising target of $750,000 to continue.
The retreat is part of not-for-profit Tweed Palliative Support, which offers free hospice home care to children and adults living with a life-limiting illness and their families each year.