Homeless and disadvantaged people in Fremantle and the wider south west metropolitan area of Perth will continue to have access to nursing services, thanks to the generous support of our donors.
Silver Chain has formed a partnership with St Patrick’s Community Support Centre and your donations have enabled us to provide a clinical nursing service on site.
The service commenced during July and visitors to the centre have access to a range of health care services they may not have had otherwise.
Silver Chain Deputy Director of Clinical and Home Hospital Services, Anne Capes, said homeless people are extremely vulnerable and their health concerns are often complex and diverse in nature.
“Our onsite nurse specialises in conditions commonly linked with homelessness and offers a range of services including wound care, diabetic care, chronic disease management, education and referrals,” Anne said.
“Our partnership with St Patrick’s was made possible thanks to our donors, who collectively donated more than $300,000 during our Winter appeal.
“Thank you to everyone who made a contribution. You are supporting us in our vision to ensure the homeless members of our community can access crucial health care services.”
In 2013, St Patrick’s provided nursing care to more than 1,000 visitors. That number has increased by approximately 10 per cent over the past 12 months and is expected to grow.
This is part of our ongoing efforts to expand our reach and bring much needed health and care services to vulnerable people in various metropolitan and regional areas of Western Australia.