‘Comfort for patients and their families’: Health Minister Ryan Park visits Auburn Hospital’s new Supportive and Palliative Care Unit

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Auburn Hospital’s Supportive and Palliative Care Unit recently received a visit from Health Minister Ryan Park, and Member for Auburn, Lynda Voltz.

Guided by the unit’s Nurse Unit Manager (NUM), Jason Selmon, and accompanied by Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Chief Executive, Graeme Loy, Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Auburn Hospital, Kerry Newton, as well as the incredible Supportive and Palliative Care team, Minister Park toured the ward, and paid a visit to supportive care patient, Maria Ilic, presenting her with flowers.

Auburn Pal Care Ministerial, Ryan Park Minister for Health and Regional Health, Maria Ilic, 88 year old supportive care patient.

Maria’s room was full of smiles as she expressed her thanks to the unit’s staff for the support and care she receives at Auburn Hospital.

They look after me very well.”

Maria Ilic, Supportive Care Patient

The tour highlighted the well though out features of the ward, which ensure that not only the patients are comfortable during their stay, but also the families who support them.

The attention to detail and level of care are noticeable to all who visit the ward, including Minister Park.

The team at Auburn Hospital has created a real home away from home for patients – a place for people to spend some difficult times, some very important time, and create some memories in those final days, weeks, and months that people experience when they’re dealing with a life limiting illness and disease.”

Minister for Health, Ryan Park

“What I’m really impressed with is the team here at Auburn, the culture, and the real care they show for their patients the care they show for each other.”