Palliative care understands the needs of people living with a life limiting or life threatening illness, where a cure may no longer be possible. The focus of care is to provide pain relief and control symptoms to enhance quality of life.
For hospital inpatients, the Consultancy Service provides Palliative Care expertise and advice to patients, carers and health professionals across all campuses. The team liaises closely with community agencies to ensure smooth transition of care into the home or residential care.
This collaboration with community services has been strengthened by the commencement of Outpatient SMART Clinics at Western Hospital Footscray and the Sunshine Radiation Therapy Centre. These Symptom Management and Referral Team (SMART) Clinics are a combined Western Health and Mercy Palliative Care service which further enhances cooperation between the hospital and community service. Patients require a medical referral to this Clinic (fax 8345 6856). We also offer an Outreach service where a palliative care physician reviews patients in the community with Mercy Palliative Care.
Palliative Care Wards
For adult patients, who require ongoing palliative care in the inpatient setting, there are 13 beds located at the Sunshine Hospital on the combined GEM/Palliative Care ward. The focus of care is symptom management and support to patients and their families. The unit creates a relaxed, home like environment. Patients are accommodated in single or 2 bed rooms with an ensuite and each bed has a television and telephone. There are also lounge areas, one with a plasma screen television, as well as a small kitchen and a dining area. There is a private garden which provides an alternative area for patients to spend time with their families or for families to spend time on their own. Visiting hours are open to meet patients' needs and overnight stays can be arranged as required.
Mercy and Western Day Hospice
The Mercy and Western Day Hospice is located next to the inpatient beds at Sunshine Hospital. It is a joint service with Mercy Western Palliative Care. The Day Hospice is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It provides care, support and respite for patients from the Western region. It is staffed by a team and offers activities including music therapy, craft and massage.
Director of Palliative CareDr Maria CoperchiniPhone: 03 8345 6666
ConsultantDr Adrian DabscheckPhone: 03 8345 6666
Clinical Nurse ConsultantsCheryl WallisLoretta WilliamsFiona GrimaldiErica Johnston
Phone: 03 8345 9164 (Sunshine) / 03 8345 7068 (Footscray)
GEM/Palliative Care WardPhone: 03 8345 1792Mercy and Western Day HospicePhone: 03 8345 1226