Today the Government changed the Covid traffic light alert system from Red to Orange as a result of declining Omicron cases in the community nationally. A number of conditions were dropped. However, for health care businesses including hospice, there are no changes. Omicron cases are still peaking in Southland and Otago.
Hospice does not require visitors to show a vaccine pass. However, if a patient or their family state any visitors must be vaccinated, we will ask to see a vaccine pass and those without will be politely refused entry.
All our hospice shops remain open but customers must wear a mask (unless exempt) and keep1 metre social distancing. Please continue to use the hand sanitisers.
Hospice is reviewing its Covid pandemic policy regularly and conditions may change at short notice. Thank you for your understanding.
At the 2020 General Election, New Zealanders had the opportunity to vote in a referendum on the End of Life Choice Bill, where people suffering a terminal illness have the option of assisted dying. A majority of voters (65.2%) supported the bill, which came into force as an Act on 7 November 2021 making assisted dying or euthanasia legal.
We want to assist people with understanding our position on the End of Life Act and our concerns. Hospice Southland will not help anyone to die, however we will continue to support people regardless of their desire for euthanasia. This is a complex, emotional and challenging topic and we acknowledge the range of individual opinions that exist.
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Everyone living in Southland and the Wakatipu Basin has access to the highest quality palliative care.