Home' Special Publications : Nelson Region Hospice Trust Contents In 1999 an agreement was signed with the
Health Funding Authority, now the Nelson
District Health Board, for Nelson Region
Hospice Trust to provide specialist palliative
care for the district.
Palliative care incorporates a wide range of
both "specialist" and "generalist" health and
social services providers. Specialist palliative
care, such as provided by Nelson Hospice,
is differentiated from generalist care by
some significant boundaries.
Specialist palliative care services includes an
inpatient facility and community nursing
team staffed by specifically palliative care
The specialist palliative service does
not only include highly trained nurses
and doctors, but also includes a social
worker, bereavement counsellor, chaplain,
physiotherapist, all of whom make up an
experienced and highly qualified multi-
disciplinary specialist palliative care team.
Specialist palliative care is required when
the patient's needs exceed the resources
of the generalist providers. Anyone with a
life limiting illness who requires intensive
symptom control for physical, psychosocial,
emotional and/or spiritual needs may
A major component of specialist palliative
treatment is pain management and
preventing and relieving suffering through
early identification and assessment and
treatment of pain and other physical,
psychosocial and spiritual problems.
Specialist palliative care providers have
undergone specific training and/or
accreditation in palliative care/medicine
and work in context with an expert
interdisciplinary team of palliative care
The Nelson Region Hospice staff also visit
patients in age care facilities and hospitals
and provide 24/7 support. In addition,
the Nelson Region Hospice also conducts
palliative care training sessions for staff
in hospitals, aged care facilities, district
nursing, general practice and other health
providers as and when required.
Generalist palliative care provided for those
with life-limiting illness is an integral
part of standard clinical practice by any
healthcare professional who is not part of a
specialist palliative care team.
This involves GPs, primary care teams,
home based support agencies, aged
care facilities, district nurses and Maori
health providers. Some of these generalist
providers will have ongoing contact with
a family throughout and following illness;
others such as district nurses or hospital
teams will have episodic contact, depending
on the needs of the patient and family.
Regarded as the founder of today's moder n
hospice movement, Dame Cicely Saunders
started St Christopher's Hospice in South
London in 1967. She is credited with
charting new approaches in techniques
for treatment of the terminally ill,
techniques upon which today's palliative
care treatments are based and follow her
fundamental belief that no human life, no
matter how wretched, should be denied
dignity and love.
In her book Living with Dying (1983) she
PO Box 283, Nelson 7040 | Phone 03 546 3910 | 8.00am-4.30pm (Mon- Fri)
Nelson Region Hospice - What is specialist palliative care?
Hospice vision: To make the final journey as positive
and comfortable as possible.
Nelson Region Hospice Trust
PO Box 283, Nelson 7040
Ph: 03 546 3910
Eden Villa (Administration Department)
46 Manuka Street, Nelson 7040
Ph: 03 546 3910 Fax: 03 545 6695
Trust Office and Gallery (Finance Department)
23 Alma Lane, Buxton Car Park, Nelson 7010
Ph: 03 546 3923 Fax: 03 546 3913
Fundraising and Marketing
23 Alma Lane, Buxton Car Park, Nelson 7010
Ph: 03 546 7254
Community Palliative Care Services
46 Manuka Street, Nelson 7010
Ph: 03 546 3910 (ext 2) Fax: 03 546 3911
Hospice Inpatient Unit
40 Manuka Street, Nelson 7010
Ph: 03 546 3950 Fax: 03 546 3951
Hospice Shops Manager
Ph: 03 546 7254
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To care always
- Atawhaihia, Manaakihia Mo Ake Tonu
Myer van Gosliga
Fourteen year old Nelson College student
Myer van Gosliga is the Nelson Hospice
Myer started work at the Nelson Hospice over the summer
holiday and thoroughly enjoyed his time there -- and continues
to do so. He particularly thrives on working with the diverse
group of people encountered in his Hospice work experiences.
Myer says he found getting out into the community with pick
ups and drop offs with Wayne really enjoyable.
He has a great sense of the importance to the community
of the Hospice services.
Youth Ambassador: 14 year old, Myer van Gosliga.
Nelson Tasman's first Youth Ambassador
Ensuring comprehensive, specialist palliative care is
provided across all disciplines, and to enable provision
of the best possible care for patients by all involved,
Nelson Region Hospice holds regular multi-
disciplinary team meetings.
The multi-disciplinary team comprises consulting
physicians, GPs and Nelson Region Hospice doctors,
nurses, social workers, chaplain and volunteers co-
ordinator.The purpose of these meetings is to fully
involve and engage all concer ned with the care of
patients with complex care needs.
They come together, either around the meeting table
or on a conference phone call, to get the full patient
picture, from all angles, to enable the best possible
treatment and care for the patient and support for
Total carer involvement
The [hospice] movement begun
by Cicely Saunders in the UK in
1967 changed the face of death
for millions of people, not only the
dying but also those around them.
Her hope when she founded
St Christopher's Hospice in South
London was "To help the dying
to live until they die and their
families to live on"
The Daily Telegraph (UK) obituaries 2005
explained that hospice care involves not only the
alleviation of pain, but addresses patients' "mental,
social and spiritual pain".
As a specialist palliative care provider, Nelson
Region Hospice Trust follows the philosophies of
the original hospice and its founder.
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