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What is palliative care?

The goal of palliative care is to help people who have a life limiting illness make the most of their lives; to live every moment in whatever way is important to them.That philosophy extends beyond the physical needs of a person to their emotional, social and spiritual needs and those of their family.

Where is palliative care provided?

Palliative care can be provided by all health care professionals in all settings, as well as being provided by specialist palliative care services, whether you are at home, in hospital or in a hospice.Palliative care services can be accessed at any time of your illness and does not have to be only at the end of your life.The majority of people are cared for within their own home through a combination of their GP and a specialist palliative care service (Te Omanga Hospice in Hutt Valley).

How do I get palliative care support?

Hutt Hospital palliative care service is available to you and your Whānau if you have an admission to hospital and require palliative care assistance.The team works Monday-Friday and offers support and advice and is involved with the doctors taking care of you during your admission.On discharge you are referred back to your community provider – usually your GP with input from Te Omanga Hospice if needed.

Whether it is in the community or in hospital,palliative care teams are available to support you maintain your independence and well-being throughout your illness.We are dedicated to helping you get the most out of your time, living life to the fullest. This service is provided to help you to manage your physical, emotional, spiritual and social concerns.

The whole ethos of hospice and palliative care, as defined by the World Health Organisation is that it ‘intends neither to hasten nor postpone death’. This philosophy is the cornerstone of hospice and palliative care in New Zealand.