Palliative & Supportive Care
The Palliative and Supportive Care Unit is a 22-bed inpatient facility within HammondCare Greenwich Hospital.
Palliative care aims to make people as comfortable and symptom-free as possible during the course of a progressive life-limiting lillness.
We aim to provide comprehensive support for the person, their family and other carers. We offer support which embraces physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs.
What is Palliative Care?
As a person faces the advanced stages of a life-limiting illness, care moves from curative treatment to symptom management.
Palliative care aims to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients, their families and carers. We recognise that comfort is more than the absence of pain - it also includes spiritual and emotional comfort. As well as expert pain and symptom control, we offer services to help patients and their families cope with the emotional, psychological and spiritual distress often associated with life-limiting illness.
Support is offered to help patients to live life as fully and comfortably as possible, maintaining dignity and at the same time supporting families and carers.
A team approach to care
The palliative care team includes doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, diversional therapists, pastoral care and social workers with expertise in disciplines such as palliative care and the management of chronic diseases like cancer.
This team, together with the patient's local doctor (GP), other treating specialists, community nurses, and other professionals will assist in your care.
or more on our multi-disciplinary care teams, see here.
Admission to Palliative & Supportive Care
A referral from your general practitioner or treating specialist is required for admission. Usually you will then be assessed by a palliative care clinician and transfers will be arranged as needed.
The Palliative & Supportive Care Unit provides palliative care for:
- Short-term admission for symptom management
- Admission to meet the special needs of patients in the final stages of their illness.
We are not a long-stay facility. If a patient should no longer require acute care, the Palliative Care Team will assist the patient and family or carers in choosing appropriate care such as return to home with community support or care in a hostel or nursing home.
Please contact us if you would like more information on the range of services available.
We also can assist with providing information on:
- Help to support children
- Ways to cope emotionally
- Resources and in-home support
- Respite for families and carers
- Nursing care
- Domestic help
- Financial assistance
Read more on our bereavement services.
Palliative Care Referral Form (203 KB)
Palliative & Supportive Care Unit
P (02) 9903 8227