The rolling hills present a challenge in the summer as some of the dirt roads in the rural areas are flooded and running with water and mud. This means we can take our transport to patients necessitating walks down slippery rock strewn paths to reach people who desperately need our help. Our team then park and walk to patients’ homes as you can see from the photos. The majority of our patients are from poverty stricken areas with poor or absent medical and nursing facilities",said a senior staff member. Most of these patients live in small poorly constructed homes with insufficient ventilation which leads to the spread of Tuberculosis another frequent life limiting illness in South Africa .
We would like to support the hospice to buy much needed supplies, for example syringe drivers, to keep patients pain free and comfortable at the end of their lives. We also need medical equipment that staff and families can use to ensure patients are washed and dressings changed when needed.
Much of the care is done by family members or community members supported and trained by the hospice staff. They need clean disposable washcloths, incontinence pads, specialist soaps and creams all of which are not funded by the government. Many patients and families are unemployed so have no way of buying these items themselves .
As a specialist palliative care nurse working in the UK and previously in South Africa I know there is a vast difference in support and facilities and would like to make a difference.
Please join us to raise these much needed funds, one new syringe driver costs around £1400 and they need as many as possible as they are looking after around 170 patients at any one time. The hospice receives no government funding so rely on donations to make a difference to these people as they live with their life limiting illness.
- Brenda Bannister
- Alison Clink
- Doug Hilditch
- Carol Didymus
- Suzi Crockford
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