ABOUT US

Beacon of Care is a registered Non-Profit Company (NPC number
2018/639868/08). We are also a registered Non-Profit Organization with the
Department of Social Development (NPO number 220-962). We also have
S18A tax exemption status.

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Established

Our Vision is to make high-quality palliative care readily available for all patients with life-threatening illnesses living on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. These objectives shall be achieved by:

OUR MISSION

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BACKGROUND & NEED

The World Health Organisation definition of palliative care:
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering, the early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

Testimonials

OUR DIRECTORS

Helana | Beacon of Care

DR HELENA
NOTHNAGEL

Beacon of Care is led by Dr Helena Nothnagel who is a GP based in Ballito. After returning to South Africa from the UK, she volunteered at the Highway Hospice for 2 years, but moved to Ballito in 2013. In 2018 she completed a course: Palliative Care in Family Medicine through Stellenbosch University.

EMILY
MATHE

Emily Mathe has been a professional nurse for 40 years. She also has a Diploma in Psychiatric nursing. She also has a Diploma in Nursing Education as well as HIV/Aids Management in the Workplace from Medunsa.

DR COLLEEN
COX

Dr Colleen Cox qualified as a radiation and clinical oncologist in 2001. She is however particularly interested in palliative medicine and completed the post-graduate diploma in palliative medicine through UCT in 2016.

DR RAKSHA
BALBADHUR

Dr Raksha Balbadhur graduated Cum Laude from UCT in 2001 and achieved her Diploma in Anaesthetics in 2004 with a post graduate diploma in palliative care in 2014 and then went on to do her masters degree in palliative care on dignity therapy for patients with advanced disease.

MICHELLE
MAUVIS

Michelle had a successful pottery studio and coffee shop with farm animals in a beautiful natural setting just outside Ballito for 20 years. It was here that she learnt the incredible power of healing through art, animal interaction, and natural surroundings. She forms part of an international prayer network and believes in Gods willingness to heal.

OUR SERVICES

  • Home-based medical care and holistic support

  • Bereavement care

  • Community information sessions

FORMS

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