GV Health provides an integrated palliative care service that includes in-patient palliative care, and palliative care consultancy. The service also works closely with community-based palliative care services.
Inpatient palliative care
Inpatient palliative care at GV Health provides symptom management and end-of-life care for patients and their families who are suffering from a life limiting illness. Palliative care may include short term symptom management with the aim to enable optimal wellbeing.
The inpatient palliative care is provided by Medical Physicians along with nursing and allied health staff. The West Hume Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine and Clinical Nurse Consultant work with the patients treating medical team to provide consultation and advice for complex symptom management.
Inpatient palliative care is provided at the Graham Street Campus in Shepparton, and the Tatura and Waranga (Rushworth) Campuses.
Access to in-patient palliative care is by referral from a medical doctor or via a community palliative care service and should include:
- Presenting illness and symptoms
- Previous past history and medications; and
- Relevant radiology and pathology results, if not completed at G V Health
Before a referral can be made, please contact a Palliative Care Team member.
The preferred method of referral is fax.
Phone: (03) 5832 3490
Fax: (03) 5832 2572 Attention Palliative Care Team
West Hume Consultancy Service
Palliative Care Consultancy in the Hume Region is provided by GV Health – West Hume Consultancy, and Albury Wodonga Health – East Hume Consultancy
The West Hume consultancy team consists of:
Specialist Physician in Palliative Medicine – Dr Siva Subramaniam
Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant – Annette Cudmore
The primary role of the team is clinical consultation for complex symptom management for patients with life limiting illnesses. Additional elements of the role include education, research and quality improvement.
Inpatient palliative care consultancy based at GV Health, Shepparton
Consultation support for medical treating teams:
- managing symptoms, emotional and spiritual needs of Palliative patients.
- discharge planning, including linking in with community-based support services, and
- End of life care.
Regional palliative care consultancy
- Secondary consultancy advice to community palliative care services, General Practitioners and other primary healthcare providers.
- Monthly palliative care clinic held in Shepparton jointly with Palliative Care Physicians from St Vincent’s Hospital.
Education and development
- The coordination, facilitation, and provision of regional palliative care education and training.
- Quality improvement activity.
Access to Palliative Care Consultancy is by a medical doctor or via a community palliative care service.
Phone: 0438 842 389 (Mon – Fri)
Fax: (03) 5832 2572 Attention West Hume Palliative Care Team
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Advance Care Planning
Advance Care planning is critical to the provision of successful palliative care. We encourage all primary care providers to discuss this with patients and their families.