Patients, families and carers will soon benefit from refurbishments to palliative care at Wellington Hospital thanks to a $50,000 boost from the NSW Government.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the work will help bring comfort to people at the end of life, along with their families and carers.
“This funding for Wellington Hospital will provide a refresh of two single rooms, a private communal area and kitchen, and an outdoor gathering area,” Mr Saunders said.
“The updates will create spaces for families to gather around their loved one. The priority is also to make sure the areas are culturally safe for Wellington’s Aboriginal community.”
This is one of 34 palliative care facilities to be refurbished over the next two years, at a total cost of $5.5 million across NSW.
“These are projects that help create more home-like environments, bring dignity and comfort to patients, families and carers,” Mr Saunders said.
“There is nothing more confronting or emotional than an end-of-life scenario, so this is about ensuring there is a greater degree of comfort for people who find themselves in this situation.”
Every year, the NSW Government spends more than $220 million on palliative care services across the State.
In addition to this funding, in 2020-21 a further $16 million of enhancement funding was spent to improve services, including a boost of $7.17 million for 35 allied health workers and 20 palliative care nurses across NSW.