What is palliative care?

Palliative care in hospital is provided for patients with an active progressive and terminal disease. The Wesley Palliative Care Service is a multidisciplinary, holistic and inclusive service that values the human spirit in overcoming the burden of advanced illness, regardless of the underlying cause. Much of what our palliative care team offers is focused on symptom control, reducing pain and discomfort, often starting through active treatment of disease and complementing treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. We provide patient and family-centred care and access to community support as appropriate.

The Wesley Hospital palliative care team understands this a fundamentally challenging life stage for you and your loved ones. We aim to deliver appropriate, comprehensive care with skilled palliative care staff in an environment that focuses on the specific needs of patients and carers, as well as to increase choice and control.

Our palliative care Brisbane specialists recognise the profound effects advanced disease has upon patients and on those who love and care for them. Understanding how illness affects life mentally and physically is a critical aspect of palliative care medicine.

A skilled team of dedicated specialist staff work with the visiting medical professional, general practitioner and community services to provide compassionate and holistic care.

The team includes:

  • Palliative care medical specialists and registrars.
  • Specialist palliative care nurses.
  • Dietitian.
  • Occupational therapist.
  • Physiotherapists.
  • Speech pathologist.
  • Pharmacist.
  • Pastoral care workers.
  • Specially trained volunteers who offer practical and social support for patients and their family or carers.

The Palliative Care ward (Ward 4A) has 17 beds and is located on Level 4 in the main wing of The Wesley Hospital.

Referrals can be made by the visiting medical officer or general practitioner to the palliative care medical team.

Note: The information here is for general reference only. To understand the benefits and risks specific to your condition and overall situation, please discuss any procedure with your treating doctor.

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