When you are busy, time seems to pass relatively quickly. And so it was that 2010 came to pass and we are fast going through 2011. So what went on at Hospis Malaysia in 2010?
The main event was the continuation of our building extension project that started in 2009. Providing an ongoing service amidst a combination of remodelling and construction was very challenging. It became obvious that some services simply couldn’t carry on and needed to be modified. As the day care room needed to be renovated, this was reduced to a weekly service and held at the premises of our neighbours, Sri Seronok. This continued until we were able to come back to our own renovated day care in 2011.
With no space for lectures, our workshops were held at various locations throughout Kuala Lumpur. Attachments for medical and nursing students needed to be continually adjusted to suit the construction schedule. As in previous years, hundreds of students from University Malaya, University Putra Malaysia, University Technology Malaysia, and several nursing colleges spent time seeing patients with us. We also hosted doctors and nurses from our neighbouring countries who were keen to know more.
Our palliative care workshops remain popular and 355 doctors, nurses and others attended our six regular workshops in 2010. These workshops have grown significantly since they were introduced in 1998. The workshops are supported by an enthusiastic teaching faculty drawn from palliative care consultants from Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Singapore and Hong Kong.