Jobs lost at palliative care centre
6:02pm Friday 8th November 2013 in News
JOBS have been lost at a Pembrokeshire palliative care centre after it announced that it was to end overnight care.
From the start of this month, Shalom House in St Davids will only be open to day patients.
The Board of Trustees said the previous around-the-clock service was no longer sustainable due to the financial situation of the charity.
A spokesman from the charity said: "It is with great regret that the Board of Trustees has to announce these changes. In order to ensure that the very valuable day service is not compromised, we have taken this decision in order to ensure its continuation.
“The trustees, fundraisers and staff of Shalom House are committed to ensuring the future success of the unit for the benefit of the patients of Pembrokeshire and their relatives and, as a charity, we are very grateful for the support we receive from Welsh Government which will allow the day service to continue.”
As part of the shake-up, two part time registered general nurses and two health care assistants have lost their jobs, together with one part time registered general and a domestic cleaner. Other axed posts include bank nurses who worked as and when needed depending on their availability.
Shalom House opened its doors in 2007 after a decade of fundraising in Pembrokeshire led by Margaret Burnett, the founder trustee.
The charity’s aim is to provide care for people with a life limiting illness and also support for their families and friends.
Among the services on offer are respite care, pain management, improving daily living skills, reduction of anxiety, tension, fear and sleeplessness, as well as opportunities to meet others in a similar situation.
The charity will be holding a fundraising ball at the Plas Hyfred Hotel in Narberth on Friday, November 22. Tickets have sold out.
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