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Palliative Medicine

A guardian angel for youngsters without hope

Many nights Lyn Gould lies wide awake, staring at the ceiling and wondering if setting up a palliative care centre in China was 'the most stupid thing' she has ever done.

Monday, 9 July, 2012, 12:00am

Handling with care

Gaunt bodies ravaged by debilitating illnesses, bed-ridden patients groaning in pain, and grief-stricken relatives about to lose their loved ones: these painful images would make most of us wince. But for palliative care nurse Rachel Ho Yin-fun, it's all in a day's work.

10 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Helping patients go gently into the night

Marriage was on the cards for a young man when he found out he had a type of advanced cancer that was incurable. He entered palliative care, where he and his fiancEe received emotional support to cope with his diagnosis. The couple held a sad but heart-warming wedding a few weeks before he died.

16 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Two more hospice care centres to open

Two more hospice care centres at public hospitals will give support and ease the suffering of dying cancer patients, thanks to sponsorship by the Li Ka Shing Foundation, the Hospital Authority said. The centres, at North District Hospital, in Sheung Shui, and Hong Kong Buddhist Hospital, in Lok Fu, will be part of the palliative care scheme now run in eight public hospitals.

18 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Mothers rally to Little Hope, baby a family left to die

At just 25 days old, 'Little Hope' has been through a lot. Born with multiple defects, the unnamed girl finds herself at the centre of an extraordinary battle waged by a group of mothers who mobilised via the internet.

6 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Cancer survivor repays support she received

After Zhu Xuhong beat cancer in her early 30s, she decided to help other sufferers, and now volunteers by visiting terminally ill cancer patients. The Shenzhen accountant speaks about what her work means to her and what she hopes to offer.

When and why did you join the hospice visitors' scheme?

1 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Simple 'thank you' lifts morale of award-winning hospice team

A simple thank-you card or phone call from the relatives of a dead patient are the biggest motivation for staff of the hospice unit at Hong Kong Buddhist Hospital.

The team, which was set up in 1993, is one of the 13 recipients of the Hospital Authority's award for outstanding work.

21 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Hospice work gives 'me great joy'

People share their volunteering experience

Hong Kong-born Louise Spurrier has been a volunteer at Bradbury Hospice in Sha Tin for 24 years. She's still going strong and says she has no plans to quit helping cancer patients.

Inspired by her late father, Mrs Spurrier was taught at an early age to give something back to the community.

12 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Legalising euthanasia 'may pressure weak'

Don't back path of no return, says quadriplegic

Legalising euthanasia may put pressure on ailing and handicapped people to choose death to avoid becoming a burden on society and their families, the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care and the Direction Association for the Handicapped say.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Nurse on way to patient crushed to death by truck

A veteran nurse on her way to the home of a terminally ill patient was killed when a truck crashed and toppled on to her on a Tsuen Wan pavement.

Choy Ling-chu, 43, from the palliative care unit of Caritas Medical Centre outreach team, was waiting to cross the street at the corner of Tai Wo Hau Road and Shek Tau Street when the accident happened at about 12.45pm.

22 May 2007 - 12:00am

Give & Take

A twice-monthly column on volunteerism

IF YOU HAVE the stamina, mental strength and selfless attitude to help terminally ill patients, a Sha Tin-based organisation is interested in hearing from you.

Set up in 1992, the 26-bed Bradbury Hospice provides care and attention to the needy.

13 May 2006 - 12:00am

Take a hike - for charity

If the fallout from last weekend's marathon left you weary of pounding the pavement, then consider a hike - to benefit a hospice.

17 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Hospice care in focus

Selina Tsang Pou Siu-mei, wife of the chief executive, looks up at a video wall presentation for the first World Hospice and Palliative Care Day. Mrs Tsang, patron of the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care, is flanked by Dominic Wong Sing-wah (left), the society's honorary president, and health secretary York Chow Yat-ngok at Cyberport Shopping Mall in Pokfulam.

9 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Facing up to a death 'better than forgetting'

Well-meaning friends and families who encourage grieving people to forget about their lost loved ones and get on with their lives may be making matters worse, researchers said at a press conference yesterday.

20 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Team effort

The Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care is holding its 13th annual fund-raising event, Hike for Hospice, in the Tai Lam country park area on Sunday.

Teams aim to finish a 12km or 16km route and to raise $20,000 per team, or $5,000 per member.

10 Jan 2005 - 12:00am

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