By Bejay Browne
THE Friends hospice in Paphos has admitted its first patient after recently moving to a new location. The facility was licensed by the ministry of health last week.
“We are pleased to be able to provide hospice care for our first patient at the new location and we have such wonderful and dedicated staff, volunteers, fundraisers and supporters,” Friends hospice spokesman Colm Connolly said.
Chris Jones, President of the Hospice, added: “We have been very aware of the desperate need for palliative care in the Paphos region, so it’s with a great sense of relief that we are now functioning again.”
The Friends hospice, currently the only operational hospice in the district, had until recently been housed in a dedicated wing of the Evangelismos hospital in Paphos. Since its foundation in 2006, the hospice has provided palliative care for people with life limiting illnesses and their families.They have treated more than 750 patients.
The hospice is now situated in a self-contained, six-bedroom wing at St. George’s clinic on Eleftheriou Venizelou Avenue in Paphos. The facility’s services are free, which is made possible by cash donations, donations to the four charity shops and ongoing fund-raising events.
Fundraisers and volunteers are still urgently required in order to maintain the vital service.
A team of volunteers run the four charity shops in Chlorakas, Kato Paphos, Pissouri and Polis and individuals are being encouraged to hold their own events to help raid much needed cash.
www.paphoshospice.org and the Facebook page is /www.facebook.com/FriendsHospicePaphos