Hospice Malta is a local NGO which provides free palliative care services to patients suffering from cancer, motor-neuron disease, end-of-life, cardiac, renal and liver diseases. Some 1,300 families benefit from the organisation’s services each year, with the numbers continuously increasing.

  • St. Michael Hospice Complex, Santa Venera

    Location

    St. Michael Hospice Complex, Santa Venera

  • European Regional Development Fund

    Fund

    European Regional Development Fund

  • Investing towards a more socially-inclusive society

    Programme

    Investing towards a more socially-inclusive society

  • €1,960,000

    Cost of Project

    €1,960,000

  • €890,000

    Total EU Allocation

    €890,000

Hospice Malta currently operates from a converted terraced house in Balzan.  The former Adelaide Cini Institute in Santa Venera was leased to Hospice Malta by the Archdiocese of Malta to be converted to Malta’s first Hospice Complex.  The building will be refurbished and converted to a modern Hospice which will be a Centre of Excellence where patients with progressive life limiting illnesses, their family and their caregivers can access timely hospice palliative care.  The new St. Michael Hospice Center will optimise their quality of life.

The EU co-funded project is part of St. Michael Hospice Complex and includes the establishment of the Day Therapy Unit, Consultation Rooms and a Loan Equipment Despository.  Hospice Malta will start operating from these premises in the second semester of 2022.

Hospice Malta offers its services through a professional multidisciplinary team. Its array of services include Home care services provided by nurses, doctors, social workers, physiotherapists, complementary therapists, Hospice chaplain and carers.   The new Day therapy unit will be open four days a week and will cater for a maximum of 25 patients per session.  Different programs of care will be offered to patients ranging from medical to social activities, depending on the patient’s needs following a professional assessment and therapeutic sessions including physiothereapy, complementary therapy, nursing consultations, crafts sessions, group and sharing sessions, educational talks, hairdressing and beauty therapy, music and art therapy.  A number of quiet areas are included in the  DTU, designed to give patients and/or their relatives the space for respite away from the daily hubbub of activities.

The new premises will also allow for the introduction of out-patient  consultation clinics, offering high quality services for patients needing palliative care, with access to rapid, specialist advice and clinical assessment .  The medical consultant, medical officers and other members of the inter-disciplinary team will offer consultations in the clinics.

An important and much appreciated service provided by Hospice Malta is the loan equipment service.  Specialised equipment, ranging from walking frames to fully motorised beds allow patients to stay as independent as possible within their home environment.  The new loan equipment depository will allow for additional equipment and improved storage and administration.

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