Prior to 2003, hospice services for Marlborough were delivered by the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board. After community consultation it was agreed that a purpose built facility and hospice service was needed in our region. The Marlborough Hospice Trust was established to develop a community fund for establishing, maintaining and developing a hospice service.
Over $1.5 million dollars was raised to build the current hospice building, situated within the grounds of Wairau Hospital, and owned by the Marlborough Hospice Trust. It was opened in September 2003 and included a 4 bed inpatient unit. The Salvation Army was chosen to be the service provider and continued in that role until November 2020. Marlborough Hospice Trust now hold the contract for service.
The Foundation secures the future of Hospice Marlborough palliative care services in Marlborough. Donations are sought for its capital fund, the income from which is applied to the operating costs and capital needs of the hospice. The Foundation was established in 2005 and is a registered charity.
In 2005, the Hospice took over community palliative care nursing from the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board. At any one time, there can be approximately 60 patients on the hospice palliative care programme. The vast majority of these people are being cared for in their own homes or residences.
Hospice Marlborough services have been well received by the community. Demand for palliative care is increasing and a major extension project was completed in October 2009 to meet the growing need. The in-patient unit now has six beds and improved facilities including a purpose built quiet room and additional work areas for staff and volunteers