Hospital’s community outreach project to support local hospice patients

Hospital’s community outreach project to support local hospice patients


Monday, January 15 2018

A new year brings with it the promise of fresh beginnings and, for many, it also provides new opportunities to bring about positive change in the lives of others.

It was with this in mind that the management and staff members at Netcare N1 City Hospital in Cape Town set about exploring how they could make a meaningful contribution to the local community through its 2018 community outreach initiatives.

“We wanted our community outreach programme to have maximum positive impact and be sustainable. After much research and planning we consequently elected to support the Tygerberg Hospice, which has played a critical role within our community for many years,” says Ms Marilyn Lameyer, regional radiation therapy manager - Western Cape about Netcare N1 City Hospital’s staff members’ generous contribution towards the project.

The Tygerberg Hospice, situated in Bellville, Cape Town, provides post-acute, rehabilitative as well as end-of-life care to patients including comprehensive assessments, care planning, active therapy and treatment. The vision of the facility is to provide in-patient transitional care that enables patients to regain skills and abilities to support them with daily living after they are discharged.

Lameyer says that Tygerberg Hospice has a strong patient-centric ethos and places a considerable emphasis on patient care. “This echoes Netcare’s core values, with which the hospice shares a number of synergies. Tygerberg Hospice is undertaking wonderful work, and we consider it a most worthy recipient of our support,” he adds.

According to Lameyer, staff members from the hospital visited the hospice prior to the holidays to hand over gifts to the patients and provide them with some festive cheer. She says that the hospital and its staff members will continue to lend support to Tygerberg Hospice in the form of donations, visits, gifts and in any other way it is able to.

“We trust that we will have a long and fruitful relationship with Tygerberg Hospice and hope to assist in providing their staff and management with the support they need to continue the excellent work that they do for their patients and their families,” concludes Dr van Wyk, general manager at Netcare N1 City Hospital who fully supports this project.

Issued by:           Martina Nicholson Associates (MNA) on behalf of Netcare N1 City Hospital

Contact:              Martina Nicholson, Graeme Swinney, Meggan Saville or Pieter Rossouw

Telephone:          (011) 469 3016

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