Palliative Care for Cancer Patients
Sydney Adventist Hospital is committed to providing caring and appropriate support for palliative care patients at all times.
Palliative care provides relief from pain and discomfort while patients receive treatment for an illness or disease. While the main goal of medicine is to cure or control disease, there is an undeniable need to focus attention and resources on issues such as pain and symptom relief – conditions directly related to a patient’s quality of life during treatment.
Care is ideally provided where possible in the patient’s home, however sometimes admission to hospital is unavoidable. The Poon Oncology & Palliative Care Ward is located on Level 6 of the Clifford Tower and patients are able to be admitted for either short-term symptom management or terminal care under their usual specialist and / or a palliative care specialist.
If discharge back to home or to another care facility is contemplated, an experienced case manager will coordinate this process, often with the assistance of a social worker and occupational therapist. They also work with a patient’s general practitioner, relevant district / community nursing, and the San or community palliative care team to ensure the best possible patient care is provided at all times. Patients can be readmitted for symptom management if this is required.
“You matter because you are.
You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can,
Not only to help you die peacefully, but to live until you die.”
Dame Cecily Saunders