Future Needs of Waipuna Hospice

Unprecedented population growth in the Western Bay of Plenty is providing the region with a range of big opportunities – and also a range of real challenges.  Not only do we have pressure coming to bear on our region’s infrastructure and roading network, but we have increased demands being placed at all levels of our medical service and our valued hospice service.

While the team at Waipuna Hospice concentrates its fundraising efforts on its immediate operational requirements, our role at the Waipuna Hospice Foundation is to focus on future-proofing the organisation for tomorrow’s needs.  History has taught us well, and we know from past experience that tomorrow’s requirements have to be discussed and funded now, so that we’re ready to expand our services when the need comes. 

    Where are we now?

    • Over 900 patients and their whanau supported annually
    • 55 nurses and eight doctors, four of whom are specialists
    • 8447 home nursing visits
    • Over 2500 consults by our in-patient medical team of doctors
    • Over 550 consultations, procedures and reviews by our Day Services team
    • Annual cost of providing our service (2016) - $6.82 million
    • Government funding $4.07 million
    • Deficit reliant on fund-raising to cover operational expenditure – approx $53,000 per week

    What does our future look like?

    • Huge population growth in the Western Bay of Plenty
    • Growing ageing demographic
    • Medical advances which will mean people will live for longer and palliative healthcare will need to change accordingly (longer duration of care)
    • The number of people dying in the Bay of Plenty in 2037 is forecast to increase by 50%
    • This equates to the provision of palliative care and whanau support to over 1400 patients and their families each year
    • Over 100 nurses and 12 doctors by 2037