As well as the exciting news about Copaceni our country partner BELhospice opened Phase 1 of the new hospice center in Serbia.

The new center

The center will offer two new services – a day-care center and an out-patient unit. It will also be the new base for home care services and BELhospice’s education and training department.

Hospice day care is a completely new concept in Serbia and will give patients the opportunity to meet socially, receive help with their medical needs and participate in activities which help to  improve their well being.

The new day care center

We are waiting for final authorizations for the out-patient unit. Once established this clinic will offer treatment for conditions like lymphedema.

Annually, Phase 1 will provide:
– 600 out-patient consultations
– At least 2,000 attendances at the day-care center. This service will help reduce the social isolation  that is often felt by cancer sufferers
– An increase in the number of home visits by 30% (from 1,767 to an estimated 2,300)
– At least 1,000 counselling and bereavement sessions
– More suitable premises for the home visits team and the education and training department

A significant part of the funding for this project came from the EU and Yngve Engstroem, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia attended the
official opening ceremony.

Official opening

He cut the ribbon to officially open the hospice with Zoran Đoršević, Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social affairs, HE Denis Keefe, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to
Serbia and Marko Jovanović, Assistant Minister of the Ministry of Finance.

A full set of photos of the opening ceremony can be found on our Facebook page.

The long term aim for this project is to open the first ever purpose built in-patient unit in Serbia (Phase 2). We are in the process of agreeing the design and seeking consents for this Phase. We estimate this phase will cost more than $570,000.