When a diagnosis is given for an illness to which there is not expected to be a cure, the treatment given is no longer ‘active care’, but ‘palliative care’. Hospice care is the philosophy surrounding this type of care.
Mary Potter Hospice offers free palliative care to all people with a terminal illness in the Wellington-Porirua-Kapiti region, regardless of age, religion or ethnic origin. All of our services are free.
Referral to any part of the Hospice programme first requires a patient’s consent. Referral can then be made by a General Practitioner, Specialist Medical Practitioner or other health professional. Letters of Referral and telephone enquiries are also welcome.
Mary Potter Hospice has three community palliative care teams based in Wellington, Paraparaumu and Porirua to provide holistic care and support. On any one day, we have 260 to 280 people in our service. We also have an 18 bed specialist In-Patient Unit in Newtown.
Our care is holistic. Our approach is to draw on the experience and expertise of our staff and volunteers. We aim to meet the emotional, spiritual, social and physical needs of our patients and their families or whānau. We wrap specialist palliative care, grief support and care planning around our patients and their families or whānau. Our care is available for our patients in their communities, their own homes or our In-Patient Unit.
As a professional organisation firmly based in the community of the wider Wellington region, we work alongside our health partners to make a difference in the communities we serve, affirming life, accepting death, and providing relief for patients
and their families or whānau.