30 Nov 2010

Hastings hospice reopens

7:52 pm on 30 November 2010

A Hastings hospice forced to close six months ago has resumed its inpatient palliative care service.

The Hawke's Bay District Health Board took over Cranford Hospice in May after an independent audit found a dysfunctional relationship between staff and an unsatisfactory working environment.

On Tuesday, about 50 hospice and hospital staff attended a service of thanksgiving at Hawke's Bay hospital's chapel.

Cranford's ceramic guardian angel, which has welcomed palliative care patients to the hospital since May, was then ceremonially handed back to the Cranford board.

DHB chief executive Kevin Snee says Cranford now has a new governance structure, new management and more qualified nurses.