Covid19 - Update from our Chief Executive

Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is an unfortunate pandemic that is affecting New Zealand (and the world) in so many ways. At Hospice EBOP our mission continues to be; to provide excellent, compassionate palliative care for everyone throughout the Eastern Bay of Plenty, to allow our patients the opportunity to live well when time is limited.

With the nature of this virus and the government's level 4 alert system requirements, patient care may look different but the goal is exactly the same. Hospice EBOP are following the Ministry of Health's guidelines during this time and ensuring all necessary precautions are being put in place to limited the spread of this virus and protect our patients and staff to the best of our ability.

Our main focus is to ensure our community care is continued and supported through ways where physical contact is limited to necessary engagements. Patients requiring palliative care will always receive our support and service, however nurses will discuss options and necessary adaptations to normal visits with you to create a plan for both patient and staff to safely engage with each other. Please contact Hospice EBOP if you have any concerns or would like to discuss yours or your loved ones care.

Our two Hospice shops (Whakatane and Opotiki) are currently closed and will be until further notice. We will be opening our doors as soon as we can, when we know it is safe to do so. We will keep our website updated with these details.

Please look after yourselves, mentally, physically and emotionally. If you need support, please do not hesitate to contact us or your support person(s). No one is alone, we are all in this together.

Stay home and be safe, talk to your friends and family regularly through calling, emailing, text and video messaging, social media e.t.c, and be kind, to yourself and to others. This is an unprecedented time and we all need to practise love and compassion for each other.

For more information on Covid-19 please visit

If you have any further queries about Hospice EBOP response to Covid-19, please contact Peter Bassett, Chief Executive or Stacey Maxwell, Communications and Fundraising Manager.

Ka rongo, ka wareware

Ka kite, ka mahara

Ka hungia, ka marama.

I hear, I forget,

I see, I remember.

I do, I understand.