St Gemma's Hospice
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If you have been told you may not get better or you have a life limiting illness you may be offered palliative care. This means the health and social care professionals who are involved in your treatment and care will talk with you about ways to improve and maintain your and your family’s / carer’s quality of life. They will regularly assess how you feel so they can quickly try to relieve any pain you have. They will also try to help you with any other concerns you may have whether they be physical, emotional, social or spiritual. You can have palliative care for weeks, months or years.

The World Health Organisation’s definition of palliative care for adults

  • is applicable early in the course of illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications
  • will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of an illness
  • integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
  • offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
  • provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
  • intends neither to hasten or postpone death
  • offers a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement
  • uses a team approach to address the needs of patients and their families, including bereavement counselling, if indicated;

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) definition of palliative care 2002



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