The St Andrew’s Palliative Care Support Program helps facilitate the management of end of life care within the home environment. The program offers patients, families and carers access to senior palliative care nursing staff 24 hours a day inclusive of weekends and public holidays. Patients that are enrolled in the program will be contacted by a Registered Nurse weekly either via telephone, Facetime or Skype. The program was developed to provide families with advice regarding symptom and pain management, technical advice (equipment) and grief/bereavement counselling.
The nursing team have access to a Physician if escalation of care is required or for arrangement of an inpatient admission to St Andrew’s or the Hospice. Through the generosity of community groups, the program can now loan patient’s equipment in order to make management at home comfortable.