Publications and resources

We provide a number of resources to support our patients and their families.

Guidelines to provide training to patients and families for self-administration of medications via subcutaneous line and syringe driver:
Mary Potter Hospice doctors have created videos to provide training to patients and carer for self-administration of medications during the COVID-19 pandemic. They can be used following advice from Hospice staff on which medication is most suitable for the patient and how it is best given. Please read the guidelines here.

If you are a Mary Potter Hospice patient and have questions about anything in these videos please call Mary Potter Hospice, 04 801 006 at any time.

Giving Sublingual Medication
This video demonstrates how a carer will administer a prepared sublingual medication to the patient appropriately.

Inserting a Subcutaneous Line
This video demonstrates how a patient’s carer will insert a subcutaneous line (BD Saf-T-Intima 22ga) using aseptic technique.

Connecting a Loaded Syringe Driver
This video demonstrates how a patient will connect a pre-loaded and running Niki T34 syringe driver

Setting Up a Syringe Driver
This video demonstrate how a patient will connect a syringe to an extension line, load the syringe onto the Niki T34 driver, and connect the Niki T34 syringe driver to the subcutaneous line.

Drawing up Medication from a Glass Ampoule
This video demonstrates safe technique for drawing up a medication from a glass ampoule for immediate or later administration. Patients will need to be informed of the indication, drug, amount, storage or saline flush administration

Drawing Up Medication from a Plastic Ampoule
This video demonstrates safe technique for drawing up a medication from a plastic ampoule for immediate or later administration. Patients will need to be informed of the indication, drug, amount, storage or saline flush administration

Please ask staff for copies, or you can access them digitally here:

  • Our Services – an overview of all the Hospice has to offer.
  • A Guide For Carers – helpful information from Hospice NZ.
  • About Grief – helpful information on the grieving process.
  • Acupressure in Palliative Care – acupressure techniques for symptom management.
  • An Admission to the Inpatient Unit – What to expect – this explains our approach to your care and the various reasons why you may be there.
  • Assistive Equipment – information about equipment that is available to assist people to be as independent and as safe as possible in their daily lives.
  • Coping with Bereavement – this describes some of the common feelings you may experience when someone close to you dies.
  • Counselling Services – our counselling services provide the opportunity to explore issues and feelings with a trained professional before, or after, the death of a loved one.
  • Driving Considerations – guidelines on when to drive and when not to drive.
  • Falls prevention – simple ways to help remove the risk of trips and falls.
  • Feet, footwear and falls – advice about well fitting footwear for foot health and to help prevent falls.
  • Funeral Directors in the Greater Wellington Region – a convenient list of services with contact information.
  • Funeral/Tangihanga Planning – our social workers at Mary Potter Hospice are happy to work alongside you and your family as you make decisions about an appropriate funeral or farewell event. There are a number of options available to people planning a funeral which range  from working closely with a funeral director who manages most or all of the arrangements, through to family-led funerals where family plan and manage most or all of it. Our Māori Liaison has connections to Māori communities and can provide tautoko/support when preparing for tangihanga. Assistance is also available when planning travel home to the marae or urupā.
  • Massage Therapy for Inpatients and Family/Whānau – massage is a way to unwind and relax  and a passive exercise that can compensate for lack of movement.
  • Hospice New Zealand also has many resources and publications available to help

Advance Care Planning – thinking about your future health care

Advance Care Planning is an opportunity to think about what is important to you, what matters, what makes life meaningful. This can help you talk about it with your family and friends.

The important first steps are thinking about and talking about what you want – because it’s the conversations and the shared understanding of what matters that makes the biggest difference. Once you have done that, it is very helpful to write down the key points and any specific wishes in a plan so that others can refer to it.

It was okay to tell Dad that it is okay to go, we have his plan so we knew what his wishes were.

The Advance Care Planning website provides information on how you can do this.