Regional sick Tasmanians to benefit from emergency beds
Seriously ill rural and regional Tasmanians will benefit from three additional emergency beds at Fight Cancer Foundation’s John Opie House following a successful grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund.
The emergency beds will allow family members to spend the night at John Opie House when visiting sick relatives or friends receiving treatment at the Royal Hobart Hospital.
John Opie House Manager, Samantha Kanizay believes the additional beds will have an enormous positive impact on patients’ health and wellbeing.
“Guests at John Opie House are very unwell and often going through difficult and prolonged battles with illness. Having a family member, friend or carer close to support them during treatment and recovery is extremely important,” Ms Kanizay said.
“These beds allow family members to travel from across Tasmania to be close to their loved ones and provide them with love and support in a difficult time.”
“This grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund will help ensure Tasmanians who have to travel to receive medical treatment will be comfortable and surrounded by their family and friends,” Ms Kanizay said.
John Opie House has provided comfortable and affordable accommodation to hundreds of regional Tasmanians and their carers each year since opening in 2008.
The independent community funding body, the Tasmanian Community Fund was established following the sale of the Trust Bank in 1999 to give back to the community proceeds from the sale of a community asset. Since that time the TCF has allocated approximately $58.6 million to approximately 1700 state-wide projects.