South Coast Hospice staff rises to daunting challenges

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Although the finances are not good, South Coast Hospice is without debt and has assets in land, buildings, vehicles, furniture and equipment.

South Coast Hospice held its 37th annual general meeting last Thursday (25th) on its premises at the training centre under very unusual circumstances, currently regarded as ‘new normal’.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, only the mandatory requirements of the constitution were carried out.

All Covid-19 protocols of screening, temperatures, masking and social distancing were observed. About 25 people attended.

The treasurer’s report explained the financial situation of hospice and stated that the year had ended on a loss of R1 372 078, despite the management team doing all it could to contain expenses.

The community was thanked for its support and commended the fundraising efforts which still managed to do well under very challenging circumstances.

The chairman, Dave Boyd, reported that the year under review had been very challenging with the economy under distress, and said that hospice can expect to incur another loss at the end of the 2021 financial year, due to Covid-19.

He expressed his gratitude to the community which continues to provide ‘in kind’ donations in excess of R275 000, which are not recorded on the financial statement.

Mr Boyd also stated that Government needs to look at funding hospices.

Although the finances are not good, South Coast Hospice is without debt and has assets in land, buildings, vehicles, furniture and equipment.

He commended the senior management who have already taken salary cuts, in an effort to ensure sustainability of the organisation and thanked CEO Di van Dyk and her team for providing high quality palliative care at all times, through many challenges.

He thanked board members for all their input and guidance on all hospice matters.

Mrs van Dyk, said it would be amiss if hospice didn’t remember hospice stalwarts, Joan Hudson and Dr André Nell who died last year.

She said that despite all the challenges, hospice cared for 14 710 patients which impacted on 44 130 household members.

This was done by 23 care staff. However, it is to be noted that all hospice staff play a role in the care of patients.

Mrs van Dyk narrated a story of how maintenance man Harry Manci, was called on to carry a patient down some very difficult stairs at his home in order to bring him into the inpatient unit for end-of-life care.

That is the calibre of people employed at hospice. She paid tribute to board member, Heidi van Aswegen and staff member Patricia Magubane who died very suddenly recently.

In closing, she thanked the community for its overwhelming generosity.

“We do not take donations for granted and ensure that all are thanked for their contribution, as at the end of it all, is a patient who needs us,” she said.

She said hospice will have to make some sacrifices going forward to ensure the sustainability of the organisation.

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