Shot in the arm for health service
PALLIATIVE care services in the region have received a boost from the Federal Government.
The Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD) has received a $32,000 grant to provide additional equipment for patients receiving end-of-life care in their home in regions including Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, Macksville and Port Macquarie.
The new equipment includes oxygen concentrators, syringe drivers for administering medication, comfort aids and a lift chair.
MNCLHD Chief Executive Stewart Dowrick said the funding supported patients and their families during a very difficult period.
"New equipment will provide more comfort and support for patients with a non curable illness as well as offer additional support for families," Mr Dowrick said
The Commonwealth Palliative Care Equipment Loan Scheme was established to improve access to equipment for palliative care clients receiving care in community based settings.
The loan scheme allows families to access the equipment they need when caring for family members at home.
Patients who are registered with the MNCLHD Palliative Care service and have a clinical need will be able to access this important equipment.
The provision of loan equipment makes caring for palliative patients easier by providing ergonomically suitable equipment.