Palliative care upgrade welcomed by Miles community

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Cecily Borckhurst, Mee Mee Steinberg , Shirley-Anne Gardiner and Trish Leddington-Hill.

Cecily Borckhurst, Mee Mee Steinberg , Shirley-Anne Gardiner and Trish Leddington-Hill.

An upgrade to Miles Hospital’s palliative care facilities was officially opened today by Darling Downs Health Board member Trish Leddington-Hill.

Trish Leddington-Hill said the upgrade would provide much-needed comfort to families whose loved ones were receiving palliative or end-of-life care.

“I’m so pleased to be here with the Board to open this upgrade today,” she said.

“We want the people of our community to be able to spend precious time with their loved ones, during what can be very difficult circumstances, and we want them to be as comfortable as possible.

“These upgrades include a completely new room to complement our existing facilities with a kitchenette, lounge area and its own shower and toilet.”

Trish extended a special thank you to the Miles community for the support provided for the upgrade.

“On behalf of the Board I’d like to offer our very sincerest thanks to Cecily Brockhurst for administering the Ken Kennedy Trust, which provided funding for the project,” she said.

“Our thanks also go to the Miles Hospital Auxiliary, Murilla Garden Club, Barry Sinnamon and the Miles Devils Rugby League Football Club for their fundraising efforts which went towards the fittings and equipment for the room.

“This type of local support characterises our rural and regional communities, and you should be very proud of what you’ve helped to achieve.

“I’d also like to thank our Darling Downs Health Infrastructure team for their work in overseeing the delivery of this tremendous new asset.”

Miles Hospital Director of Nursing Mee Mee Steinberg said the upgrade had been welcomed by patients, their loved ones, and staff alike.

“The feedback we’ve had so far has been overwhelmingly positive,” Ms Steinberg said.

“Our new room provides privacy and dignity to help our patients and their loved ones to feel more like home.

“In many cases our patients may be some distance from home, so being able to offer some home-style comfort is something we’re very happy to do”.