The West Moreton Palliative Care Service provides quality end of life care for people with a life limiting illness. Our aim is to improve quality of life, understand what’s important to you and plan your care with you.
The Palliative Care team works closely with GP’s, patients, caregivers and other health professionals to provide:
- Pain and symptom management
- End of life care
- Equipment advice/provision
- Palliative care education
- Support for patients/carers to access other community services
- Emotional support for patients, carers and family
- Planning transition from hospital to home
- 24 hour telephone support for patients known to the community outreach service.
Hospital Care – the Palliative Care Unit at Ipswich Hospital has 13 beds and is staffed by a dedicated palliative care team consisting of Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Staff. The four rural hospitals Boonah, Esk, Laidley and Gatton also provide end of life care with access to support from the Palliative Care Team at Ipswich Hospital.
Community Outreach Service – to all areas of the West Moreton Hospital and Health Service for those who wish to receive their palliative care at home. This care includes management of problematic symptoms, an equipment loan program and access to 24 hour telephone advice.
Palliative Outpatient Clinics – held at Ipswich Hospital and telehealth consultations to rural areas in your home or at your local rural hospital.
Advance Care Planning Service –our experienced staff provide assistance with documentation of end of life wishes and preferences by providing assistance to complete Advance Health Directives or Statement of Choices and Enduring power of Attorney documents.
Accessing our Service:
Referrals to the service should be made by a Medical officer. If you are unsure if you or a loved one are eligible for palliative care services, please discuss this with your GP or contact the Palliative Care Unit at Ipswich Hospital on 3810 1111.