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Warkworth Wellsford Hospice

Warkworth Wellsford Hospice's service is fully community based. From our offices at Hospice House in Warkworth, 6 palliative care nurses, a trained psychotherapist and a social worker travel throughout North area to care for and support terminally ill patients and their families at home. Please click here for a map of the area we cover.

We do not have an in-patient unit as our population is too small to justify or bear the cost. Our patients have free access to the in-patient units at Hibiscus Coast and North Shore Hospices.
 

Who we are

Founded by volunteers in 1986, Warkworth Wellsford Hospice is part of the North Shore Hospice Trust, a centre specialising in hospice and palliative care. On occasion the specialist doctors from North Shore may accompany our nurses when they visit families. Warkworth Wellsford Hospice functions independently and does its own fundraising, supported by about 300 amazing volunteers.
 

How we are funded

All our services are free to patients and their families, but it costs nearly $1 million a year to provide them.
The Waitemata District Health Board provides 44% of the cost of our clinical services. To cover the balance of clinical costs, as well as administration and fundraising costs, we need to raise $700,000 a year - that’s $1900 a day.
 

Who we care for

We help about 90 families a year, from Puhoi in the south to Mangawhai in the north and stretching from coast to coast. Although most of our patients are referred to us with cancer-related illnesses, our services are for anyone - of any age - who has any progressive life-threatening illness, including chronic heart failure, renal failure, lung disease and neurological diseases such as motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.
 

What we do

Most people know that hospice provides care for people who are dying, but many do not realise that some patients receive hospice help for years, and for most of that time they are relatively well and mobile.
And while it’s true that hospice’s core function is to ensure that people can choose to die at home or in a hospice bed, in peace and without pain, our service is also about helping people live well in whatever time they have left. Warkworth Wellsford Hospice does this in a variety of ways:
  • helping manage medications to reduce symptoms
  • providing equipment to improve mobility and comfort
  • offering counselling and bereavement support to patients and family members for as long as they need it
  • coordinating trained volunteers to be a “family friend” and help patients with shopping, take them on outings, read to them, help them continue their hobbies and offer time out for their carers
  • arranging for a trained volunteer to write a patient’s memoirs or any words they want to leave for their loved ones
  • inviting patients and their carers to Hospice House for a massage, manicure or art therapy session, or providing stress-relieving treatments at home
  • For those who prefer to self-help, we have a well stocked library of books that patients, family, whanau and friends can borrow

Fundraising

With more than half of our funding coming from donations, fundraising is an important activity at Warkworth Wellsford Hospice. We need to raise $1,900 every day to ensure we can keep our services free to those who need them. This comes to us by donations, bequests and through fundraising events and activities, but the biggest proportion comes from our shops in Wellsford and Warkworth and our weekly garage sales at Hospice House. Not everyone can give us money, but hundreds of people each year give us furniture, clothing and household goods that we can sell.
 

Where do your donations go?

  • Salaries

    Our staff comprises 8 clinical and family support staff, 5 administrative and fundraising staff and 3 retail managers. All work part-time.
  • Transport

    It costs about $5,000 a year to run each of the 4 vehicles that our nurses, counsellor and social worker use to visit patients in their homes. We also have 2 cars used for administration and fundraising, and a van used by our garage sale team to collect donations and deliver sold goods.
  • Office and shops

    We need to maintain offices for our clinical and administrative staff, who are based at Hospice House on the corner of Woodcocks Rd and Morrison Drive, Warkworth. Hospice House is actually two houses - one is used for offices and the other is used for garage sales, cleaning and storing nurses' equipment, training and education sessions and pamper therapies for patients and caregivers.
  • We pay rent on two shops, in Warkworth and Wellsford, which is money well spent as these retail operations provide our most reliable income. 
  • Pamper therapy

    We employ a massage therapist, as needed, to give stress-relieving reflexology and massage to patients and carers, either at Hospice House or in their homes.

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