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Canterbury DHB response to the upsetting news of a death of a former Rosewood Rest Home & Hospital resident

Friday 17 April 2020Canterbury DHB News2 minutes to read


Care of psychogeriatric dementia patients from the Rosewood cluster being cared for at Burwood Hospital

As announced today by Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay, I extend my deepest sympathies to the whānau of a woman who died at Burwood yesterday.

I know the whole Canterbury community and health system will be feeling the same way, united in sadness.

The woman was in her 80s, and was one of 20 Rosewood residents who were transferred to Burwood to be isolated together and cared for.

Sadly, the woman is the seventh person to die from the Rosewood group.

Her whānau were not able to be with her when she passed away, but I can confirm a staff member was with her to provide comfort, reassurance and care.

We were pleased to be able to fulfil her whānau’s request to wrap a korowai around their mum. They explained that the feathers represented the fingers of her children and grandchildren.

I hope the following comments from the woman’s whānau bring some comfort to the staff who cared for her and who are continuing to provide the highest level of care in incredibly sad and difficult times.

“It was so special that the staff caring for her could take photos and a video of mum in our sacred korowai. We will treasure it forever.”

“I just need to say thank you so much and welcome to our family. You were everything and more that we could ask for nana and she clearly just clicked with you so I’m glad it was you and the team by her side. I know you guys are just doing your jobs but to this level of intimacy within a family I don’t think any training could prepare you for. Our whole family is so grateful and hope you guys are all doing ok as well.”

Please continue to respect the privacy of our patients and staff.



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