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History of Howick Hospice

7 August 1987 - Howick Hospice was established in response to meeting the needs of the terminally ill in the Lions River magisterial area.  One registered nurse was employed. Training was given to appropriate volunteers and care givers and a Bereavement programme was implemented.

2 July 1992 - Howick Hospice was able to purchase its own premises at 7 Mansfield Road, aptly named Hospice House.  Jumble Belles, our charity shop, opened in a Wendy House in the carport.

1994 - 3 additional registered nurses were employed.

1997 - Howick Hospice was allocated government funding to start an outreach programme in the rural areas.  Two community care workers were employed and 30 patients were cared for in the first year.

2002 – Funding was received by Community Care Centres to extend our existing building and add on a hall, kitchen, toilets and workrooms.  This was completed in 2003 and made a huge difference to our working environment.

2003 – 12 Community Workers (chosen from our loyal volunteers) were employed on one-year contracts with funding from the National Lotteries Board. The additional staff enabled Howick Hospice to further extend our outreach service.

  • A drop-in centre was established in Mpophomeni in rented premises, where clinics were held for ambulant patients and children.  Our social worker ran a Children’s programme twice weekly at the centre.
  • Our charity shop officially opened on the premises and was called Hospice Belles (run only by ladies!)

2004 – We became an Integrated Community Home-Based Care site and one of 12 to participate in and benefit from the Global Fund home-based care programme.

2008 – Employed full-time shop manager and part-time events fundraiser

2009 – Following a financial crisis, Howick Hospice was obliged to limit our service area to a 17km radius.  Fundraising events previously organised by volunteers, were coordinated by the newly appointed events fundraiser.

  • Our telemarketing started in an effort to increase funding.

2010 – the drop-in centre in Mpophomeni closed its doors as the centre in which it was established, once again needed the facility for its own activities. Professional nurses and community health workers continued to visit the patients in their homes and offer holistic care to them.

2011  - Howick Hospice was awarded a 3 star Care Standards Accreditation rating by HPCA (Hospice Palliative Care Association of SA), our umbrella body.

2013 - In March, Howick Hospice was awarded a 4 star Care Standards Accreditation rating by HPCA, our umbrella body.

  • In August, Howick Hospice was awarded a 5 star Care Standards Accreditation rating (out of 5) by COHSASA (Council for Health Service Acceditation of Southern Africa)
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