As a result of some incredibly generous donors, two rooms of the hospital have been redeveloped into a spacious bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and sitting room, which opens on to a furnished veranda with tree-top views of the town‘s iconic clock tower.
It’s homely, comfortable and functional and the patients and families who have so far used it have told staff it’s wonderful.
‘When considering the design of the space we really wanted the room to be warm and welcoming. We wanted families to feel at home. The furniture is comfortable and practical and the colours, patterns and textures of the space create a homely feel,’ Camperdown Hospital manager Janine Dureau-Finn explains.
‘The sofa-bed allows family members to stay over and the kitchenette allows for the sharing of meals at any time anyone feels like a hot drink or something more substantial.’
Made possible by $20,000 of donations from the community – including the hospital’s auxiliary, Peter’s Project Foundation and the Inner Varnika Music Festival Committee – the suite comes complete with wall-lined photographs of Corangamite Shire landscapes captured by local GP, Dr Ash Singh. They images have been strategically chosen to spark conversation between patients, their families and friends, and to prompt memories of fun times had.
Not only is the palliative care suite being staffed by exceptional people, as Cr Beard pointed out during her opening speech, it’s also being supported by trained palliative care volunteers. As part of our SWH South Western Regional Palliative Care service, they provide one-to-one hand and foot massages, support and company to patients when they’re at home and when they’re in hospital.
The work of our South Western Regional Palliative Care service will go on show at this week’s Australian Palliative Care Conference when 800 people from all around the world meet in Adelaide. Our very own SWRPC nurse consultant coordinator Andrea Janes is one of them.
Andrea will present a poster that shows how mind-blowing the expansion of our SWRPC service has been over the past 12 months. The sourcing and training of another 32 palliative care volunteers has not only allowed for a 166% increase in Corangamite palliative care patients receiving one-to-one volunteer placement in their homes, it’s allowed for an 8,231% increase in the area being serviced. From the far edges of the shire, palliative patients living in rurally-isolated communities such as Skipton, Cooriemungle and Timboon are now receiving one-to-one volunteer placement in their homes.
The service also provides families with access to12 months’ bereavement support.
image 3 > SWH Board chair John Maher, Camperdown Hospital manager Janine Dureau-Finn, Corangamite Shire mayor Cr Jo Beard and Camperdown & District Hospital Auxiliary’s Mark Leddy.
image 4 > Guests Arlene Findlay and Lyn McLean with Camperdown Hospital Acute Services manager Tash Swayn.
image 5 > SWH Directors Karyn Cook (Mental Health Services) and Jamie Brennan (Service Development).
image 6 > Palliative care volunteers Helen James and Paula Atkins with Camperdown Hospital Acute Services manager Tash Swayn and South Western Regional Palliative Care nurse consultant coordinator Andrea Janes.