17 May 2010

DHB takes on hospice patient care

10:01 am on 17 May 2010

Hawke's Bay District Health Board is taking responsibility for inpatient palliative care provided by the region's only hospice for the next six months.

Last month, an independent audit of Cranford in Hastings found a dysfunctional relationship between staff and said the working environment was unsustainable.

The DHB is accomodating Cranford's palliative care patients in the hospital in Hastings from Monday.

Acting chief medical advisor John Gommans says part of the rehabilitative ward has been transformed into a hospice facility.

He says everything possible has been done to replicate the Cranford environment, including borrowing beds, art work and furnishings from the hospice.