Tweed Palliative Support president Meredith Dennis, Tweed Hospital palliative social worker Donna Sauer and Northern NSW Local Health District Manager of Community Health Athol Webb.
Tweed Palliative Support president Meredith Dennis, Tweed Hospital palliative social worker Donna Sauer and Northern NSW Local Health District Manager of Community Health Athol Webb. Alina Rylko

One year of amazing end-of-life care at Wedgetail

CAROL Adams of Banora Point remembers vividly the sad passing of her friend Judith at Wedgetail Retreat.

Judith spent her final week comforted in one of the four rooms at the Dulguigan hospice, which celebrated its one year anniversary today with a well-attended morning tea.

Tweed Palliative Support National Projects Manager Liza Nagy, Banora Point resident Carol Adams and Richmond MP Justine Elliot staffer Reece Byrnes.
Tweed Palliative Support National Projects Manager Liza Nagy, Banora Point resident Carol Adams and Richmond MP Justine Elliot staffer Reece Byrnes. Alina Rylko

“It was in November 2015, and only now I can talk about it,” Mrs Adams said.

“Before then the oddest thing could set me off.

“I was very sad, but her care here was amazing, and my husband and I were thrilled that it was like a home. The team was so embracing, and they’re all trained in palliative care.”

Former client Paul Rose, volunteer Rhona Marr, cook volunteer Debra Summerfield.
Former client Paul Rose, volunteer Rhona Marr, cook volunteer Debra Summerfield. Alina Rylko

Ms Adams was one of about 40 at the morning tea, with Tweed and Murwillumbah Hospital staff, donors and volunteers celebrating the hospice’s ability to help more than 320 residents in the last year.

“Without Wedgetail we’d struggle,” said Tweed Hospital oncology and palliative clinical nurse consultant Virginia Morris.

“I’m a surveyor of the Australian Council of Health Care Standards and I have yet to see such a wonderful group. Our service would be dismal without them.”

Tweed Hospital clinical nurse consultant in oncology and palliative care Virginia Morris with Tweed Palliative Support volunteer Carole Evans.
Tweed Hospital clinical nurse consultant in oncology and palliative care Virginia Morris with Tweed Palliative Support volunteer Carole Evans. Alina Rylko

Northern NSW Local Health District community health manager Athol Webb said health services relied and trusted the non-profit organisation to give end-of-life care.

“I have nothing but praise for Wedgetail, it’s the only hospice of its kind in New South Wales and is very much a partner in our patient’s care,” Mr Webb said.

It comes as Richmond MP Justine Elliot praised Tweed Palliative Support in Federal Parliament on Monday.

“Tweed Palliative Support and the op shop it runs has gathered much community support over the past 18 years for its in-home volunteers, its palliative care equipment and the hospital beds it provides,” Mrs Elliot said.

Tweed Palliative Support president Meredith Dennis cuts the first birthday cake to celebrate.
Tweed Palliative Support president Meredith Dennis cuts the first birthday cake to celebrate. Alina Rylko

“Its president, Meredith Dennis, has done an outstanding job in her role in providing such remarkable support: 200 in-home volunteers, 20 hospital beds, 40 wheelchairs, free transfers for radiotherapy patients, and it reaches approximately 1200 people a year.

“It does not receive any government funding.”

Find out how you can support Tweed Palliative Support and Wedgetail here.



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