The latest additions include a $4,000 portable oxygen kit, a care alert, a monitor, two commodes and a pair of bed poles. This brings the value of the entire pool of palliative care-specific medical equipment now located in Camperdown to $20,000.
SWH South Western Regional Palliative Care (SWRPC) clinical nurse consultant Pauline McCaul says this initiative is most definitely helping to support local people wanting to stay at home for as long as possible. It also supports their carers.
Not only is there no hire fee for any of this equipment, we are one of the few Victorian health services to deliver and install it all free-of-charge, as well.
We’re very proud of the new initiatives we’ve introduced in Corangamite this year to enhance our care for palliative patients in both our Camperdown Hospital and in clients’ homes:
* No other Victorian town the size of Camperdown (or rural shire the size of Corangamite) has access to the public-funded Palliative Care Inpatient Service provided at our Camperdown Hospital.
* We officially opened our palliative care suite in September. Supported by caring medical staff and palliative care trained volunteers, it comes complete with a sofa-bed for family to stay over, a kitchenette for sharing meals, wall-lined photographs of Corangamite landscapes captured by local GP Dr Ash Singh, and a full-length and furnished private balcony with a view to the town’s iconic clock tower.
* SWRPC’s sourcing and training of another 32 palliative care volunteers has led to a 166% increase in Corangamite palliative care patients receiving one-to-one volunteer placement in their homes AND allowed for an 8,231% increase in the area being serviced. From the far edges of the shire, palliative patients living in and around Skipton, Cooriemungle and Timboon now receive one-to-one volunteer placement in their homes. (As soon as this photo of Pauline [left] and endorsed enrolled nurse Maria Shaw was taken, Pauline was off to Pomborneit to meet with a client.) This service also provides families with access to12 months’ bereavement support.
* Our free-of-charge palliative care medical equipment library is being well-utilised. Of the 209 pieces currently out on loan to 98 clients living in Corangamite, Warrnambool and Moyne, 22 of them are in Corangamite homes.
* Of the 98 clients currently utilising SWRPC, 11 live in Corangamite and each of them is receiving one-to-one volunteer placement.