Palliative care provides high quality health care and support for patients who are living with a life limiting illness, their carers and families. The focus of care is to assist with managing pain and symptoms, and other concerns – physical, emotional, spiritual or social – to ensure quality of life is maintained.
Inpatient Palliative Care
GV Health inpatient palliative care is provided by a dedicated multidisciplinary team of health professionals at the Graham Street Campus in Shepparton, and at the Tatura and Waranga (Rushworth) campuses.
Our multidisciplinary team comprises of doctors including specialist physicians in palliative medicine, nursing and allied health professionals such as occupational therapy, dietetics and social workers. The team is further supported by palliative care clinical nurse consultants from the Goulburn Region Palliative Care Consultancy Service who work with the patients treating medical team to provide consultation and advice.
- For information about palliative care for a current inpatient at GV Health speak to the treating doctor or nurse
- For information about community palliative care service, contact a service in your area – Hume Region or Victoria
- For general information contact your GP, relevant health professional or the Palliative Care Advice Service
- For further information about palliative care or to locate a service in Victoria visit Palliative Care Victoria
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can receive palliative care and when is it useful?
Many people believe palliative care is only for people with cancer, or for a very short time at the end of life. In fact, palliative care is available for anyone with difficulties related to a life limiting illness, and can be helpful for many patients and families from diagnosis, right through to the final days of life. Involving palliative care does not prevent you from having other medical treatments that are helpful for your health and wellbeing – we work together with your other care providers to enhance your quality of life.
What are the visiting hours at the Palliative Care Unit?
At the Graham Street Campus the inpatient palliative care beds are located in the Mary Coram Unit. Visiting hours for families/carers of palliative care patients area available 7 days a week and are flexible as per the needs.
How long will I stay in the Palliative Care Unit?
Like any hospital stay, this varies from person to person depending on your health condition, symptoms, and care needs. The Inpatient Palliative Care Unit does not provide a respite or hospice service. Some patients stay for a short length of time, others for up to a week or two. A number of patients are able to be discharged from the unit, and may or may not require another admission in the future. Some people can return to their usual accommodation with or without additional support, some require transition into residential care, and others may remain in the unit for end-of-life care.
How do I access palliative care at GV Health?
The team looking after you at GV Health may suggest involving palliative care in your treatment plan. You are also welcome to ask your doctor or nurse in the hospital about contacting our team if you think we can help with your care.
How do I access palliative care at home?
Patients requiring palliative care after discharge from hospital can be supported by a specialist Community Palliative Care Service, together with your own General Practitioner (GP). The appropriate referrals will be arranged before discharge.
Is there information for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people?
We welcome referrals for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to our services and can connect you with the Aboriginal Liaison Officer at GV Health.
Information can also be found on Palliative Care Victoria’s website.