Castlecrag Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Palliative care

Using a positive and open attitude to death and dying we provide care and assessment for people suffering from a life limiting illness. This may include services such as consultation with a visiting palliative care specialist, symptom control, psychosocial support, reconditioning and terminal care. The unit is a 14 bed GP led facility offering single room accommodation. We have close connections with both the North Shore Private Hospital and the Northern Cancer Institute.

Referrals

Referrals can be made by GPs, Medical Specialists and from other hospitals. Please contact the Nurse Manager on 9935 0359. Patient and relatives are welcome to visit the unit prior to admission, please contact the Nurse Manager to make an appointment on the above number.

What is palliative care?

'An approach that improves the quality of life of individuals and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychological and spiritual.' (World Health Organisation 2003)

WHO (2003) states further that palliative care:

  • provides relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
  • affirms life and regards dying as a normal process
  • intends neither to hasten nor postpone death
  • integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
  • offers a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until 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
  • will enhance quality of life and may also positively influence the course of illness
  • 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.