The Stina Mooyman Palliative Care Suite
The Stina Mooyman Palliative Care Suite is owned and supported by the UCHT on behalf of the Upper Clutha Community. It is available for use by those who need palliative care in the Upper Clutha region, subject to funding arrangements and occupancy.
The Suite is located within the Aspiring Enliven Care Centre on Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka, adjacent to the Wanaka Medical Centre. It is operated and serviced day-to-day by Presbyterian Support Otago, who are the operators of the Aspiring Enliven facility.
The Suite currently comprises:
- One patient room with en-suite bathroom, and with a small patio outside the bedroom.
- A family room connected to the patient bedroom, with a small kitchen/eating area, a sitting area and a patio outside the sitting area. The kitchen is intended for heating up precooked food only
- Both the patient room and the family room have TVs and telephones, and the patient room is connected into the Aspiring Enliven call and monitoring systems.
The patient room is equipped with a Roho dri-floatation mattress overlay for patients’ comfort, and with pain and suction pumps to support patients.
The Suite is designed for patients’ families to be able to stay overnight to be with the patient, and families are welcome to use this facility. The Suite contains recliner chairs and a sofa that converts to a double bed. Linens and bedding are provided.
A second patient room connects to the family room, and although not a part of the Suite at this stage, it is likely to be available to the UCHT if patient demand requires more than one bedroom in the Suite. It is the UCHT’s intention to acquire the second patient bedroom when demand justifies this further investment in the Suite.
Patient Care While in the Palliative Care Suite
Full residential patient care is provided to patients using the Suite. This care is provided by the staff of the Aspiring Enliven facility under contract to the UCHT. The services provided include:
- Nursing care with 24/7 monitoring
- All meals
- Medical needs – dressings, medications etc
At all times while using the Suite, patients shall be primarily under the medical care of their own Upper Clutha based GP, who shall have unrestricted access to the patient in the Suite on a 24/7 basis.
The patient’s GP will lead the medical care of the patient while in the Suite and work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team at AECC in order to facilitate a holistic plan of care
If during a patient’s care in the Suite, their GP decides that additional medical advice is necessary from Dunstan Hospital Doctors or from the Otago Community Hospice Medical Officer, or other recognised palliative care specialists, the GP may enlist the support of these specialist clinicians, who shall have access to the patient as agreed between the GP and the specialist(s)
Where patients are using the services provided in the community by Otago Community Hospice, OCH staff will have access to the patient on a 24/7 basis when the patient moves into the Suite, providing the patient and/or their family request the continuation of the OCH services.
When a patient moves into the Suite for palliative or respite care, the continuation of community-based services either clinical or non-clinical, will be assessed on a case by case basis.
As requested by the patient or their family, the patient’s religious support personnel will have access to the patient without restriction.