We provide specialist medical care and support services to patients living with a chronic, life-limiting illness, and their families.
Waipuna Hospice has a shortfall of $4.25 million this financial year to find in order to sustain our services across Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty. We have a nine bed inpatient unit on the banks of the Wairoa River and offer day services as well as Hospice-at-Home care by specialist community nurses at no cost to the patient. We offer equipment loan, therapeutic massage, counselling, chaplaincy, play therapy for children and young people, social work, and family support.
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Waipuna Hospice provides specialist palliative care for patients living with a life-limiting illness, and support services for them and their families. Our geographical area covers Waihi Beach to Paengaroa and while our focus is on Hospice at Home, we have a 9 bed Inpatient Unit for short term admissions and a Day Services Clinic.
You will often hear the term palliative care which means alleviating without curing. Hospice specialises in providing palliative care – symptom control and pain management where cure is no longer an option. We also offer support services to patients and their support networks whether this be family/whanau, friends, neighbours, or staff at rest homes and hospital.
Hospice staff and volunteers care for each person as an individual and take into account the person’s physical, emotional, social, cultural and spiritual needs. In addition to palliative nursing care and specialist medical support, we provide respite care, practical support such as meal preparation, loan equipment, bereavement support and a chaplaincy service.
This year we expect to care for 1000 patients and provide support services for their families
Last year our nurses made more than 14,320 visits and over 20,000 phone calls to patients in the community.
We have 110 staff working in a variety of roles.
Around 820 – 840 volunteers support all components of our service.
Waipuna Hospice is not funded by government, while some of our services are contracted from the District Health Board. We need to raise $4.25 million in the coming financial year to meet the shortfall in our operating costs.
Use of funds
Our service is free of charge to those living in our community with an illness for which cure is no longer an option. Funds raised through donations, special events, hospice shop revenue, grants and bequests help us to meet this target and we rely heavily on our community for their support. Thank you!