Palliative Care aims to improve the quality of life for patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-limiting illness. This can be achieved through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and treatment of pain and other problems, in the physical, psychological and spiritual domains.
Prior to referring a patient for Supportive and Specialist Palliative Care, it is recommended the referral criteria and reasons for referral provided below are considered.
The patient has a progressive or life limiting disease (malignant and/or non-malignant) and any of the following:
- The patient has symptoms that require specialist assessment/management and which are beyond the capacity of the primary care team to manage.
- The patient and/or their family have psychological, social or spiritual needs that require specialist assessment.
- The patient is dying and the primary care team requires additional support and/or advice.
NB: Patients who are having life prolonging treatment are not excluded from referral to palliative care.
All referrals to our consultation/liaison service, palliative care unit and community service within the HHS require completion of the referral form which must be signed by a named medical doctor. Incomplete referrals will be returned and may delay assessment.
All referred patients will be triaged and seen in order of clinical need. If you feel the patient requires urgent review please call the CNC/team member.