Facilities available at the hospice
The training centre prioritizes the training of primary
caregivers, including family members of the sick. Most of our
patients are from resource-limited environments living in poor
socio-economic conditions. Health care is often neglected and
therefore it is vital to train the family members in the
provision of basic care for their loved-ones who are suffering
from life-threatening illnesses. Such home-based care
complements the care given at the Hospice.
an era of HIV and AIDS, many patients do not need inpatient
care. Therefore our Out-Patient Department has a major role to
play in the provision of palliative care. We cater for HIV
patients who are mobile and in need of ART and treatment for
various opportunistic infections such as TB, skin disorders etc.
These patients are monitored carefully and are provided with
psycho-social and spiritual counselling. Currently 1,200 people
access our Out-Patient Department Services each month.
Reception of Out-Patients Department
ST. FRANCIS WARD
unit is designed to stabilise patients who arrive in a critical
condition, especially where there has been severe diarrhoea and
vomiting. The giving of blood transfusion for patients with
severe anaemia and the provision of oxygen for patients with
breathing difficulties are other important functions of this
department. After treatment here some of these patients may be
discharged back to their homes, where they are monitored by
Adherence Councillors, whilst others are admitted to the
IN-PATIENT HOUSES / WARDS
There are 6 inpatients’ houses or wards, with each house
catering for up to 6 patients. These houses became operational
in August 2003. The Hospice caters for up to on average
inpatients a month.
Hospice enjoys the service of a full time Chaplain as well as
visiting Ministers from different churches. These ensure that
the spiritual needs of patients and their families are fully
Fr Wildi, the Hospice Chaplain, visiting a
Cardinal Medardo Mazombwe visiting a patient
Patients coming to the hospice are offered Voluntary Counselling
and Testing (VCT) for HIV with same-day results.