A TRIAL providing end-of-life care to patients in Orange has received a three-month extension, but the push remains to make it a permanent service.
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The Western NSW Local Health District announced on Thursday the palliative care trial at Uniting Parkwood would be extended until the end of June.
LHD chief executive officer Scott McLachlan said in a statement the trial was due to end on March 24, but funding had been extended.
"The Western NSW Local Health District is committed to providing a service which is person-centred and supports families and carers of patients requiring palliative end of life care," he said.
Mr McLachlan said the extension would ensure there was sufficient time to assess the evaluation research.
NSW Regional Health Partners undertook the research and the report is due for completion in February, which will be used to make future decisions on funding and care models.
"The different clinical and personal needs of each person means that we have to explore a range of options," Mr McLachlan said.
The Parkwood trial, which has involved setting aside four private rooms, was the result of years of lobbying, primarily by Orange Push for Palliative and a petition to the state government.
Push for Palliative president Jenny Hazelton welcomed the announcement and said the facility was well-used.
"We believe this demonstrates it has been a successful program and a successful addition to palliative care in Orange," she said of the decision.
"But we want this to be a permanent arrangement.
"People have said it's a sanctuary and they've greatly appreciated being able to completely focus on the welfare and care of the person who is dying in a peaceful, relaxing, warm, homelike environment, but where they're still supported 24 hours a day by palliative care nurses and a full complement of staff."
Ms Hazelton said she would like the model to be reviewed to include not only patients at the very end of their lives, but those in earlier stages of palliative care.
"We would like it to include short-term admissions for people who are dying at home, for pain management and for families to have some respite," she said.
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