We are a cohesive group of kind, expert, health professionals, focused on delivering high quality care while helping you and your family address the complex issues that may arise with an incurable illness.
If you (or a loved one) need to be admitted for help with symptoms or other issues that arise in relation to your illness, the palliative care team can be involved in helping with your care.
We can assist in ensuring that your wishes and goals are listened to, are realistic, and that appropriate care follows.
Our community team can help you in your own home, along with your GP and others who are involved in your care.
Our community team also visits people who live in residential aged care facilities and other hospitals within the metropolitan area, and provides advice to people who may need to be linked with palliative care services in country regions of South Australia.
You (or your loved one) may be suitable for admission to a specialised palliative care inpatient bed, for example, if complex symptoms or other issues need a more intensive focus.
Currently these beds are located in The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Mary Potter Hospice (Calvary North Adelaide Hospital) and in the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Although you or your loved one may be presenting to or needing care at the RAH, our main office is located at TQEH.
If you make contact there, we will ensure you are able to speak to the best person in our team to assist with your enquiry.
A person is eligible for referral to specialist palliative care services if:
- they have a progressive, life-limiting illness (this may include cancer and non-cancer diagnosis)
- the focus of care is to control symptoms, maximise function and quality of life while acknowledging the inevitability of death
- the patient has consented to the referral.
If you are a patient of the RAH, then a referral can be made by the staff already involved in your care.
Your GP can also make a referral.
So too can you and your family. However it is helpful to have healthcare advice, therefore it is often better to speak to your medical team at the RAH or your GP.
Remember if you are an inpatient, or about to be an inpatient at the RAH, you can talk to your team at the RAH about palliative care, and they can ask one of us to get in touch with you or your family.
Phone: (08) 8222 6825