Palliative care is specialised care for patients with a life-threatening illness. It does not require the patient to be at the very end of life, although this erroneous belief is still widely held. Of course high quality end-of-life care remains a core component of palliative care practice. It is an active and comprehensive form of care and the goal is to prevent and relieve suffering for patients and families, regardless of the stage of disease or the need for other therapies. Understanding how the illness affects the patient’s life mentally and physically is a critical aspect of this area of medicine.
Operating for more than 12 years, The Wesley’s palliative care unit has 17 beds, and provides a multidisciplinary service, with medical specialists and registrars, experienced palliative nursing staff, dieticians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurse counsellors and chaplains.
Palliative care is a major focus for the fundraising team here at the Wesley Hospital. If you would like to donate, please contact: