We will endeavour to meet the needs of each patient, their family and friends.
We aim to encourage and enable all patients to live their lives to their full potential despite their illnesses.
- 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
- will enhance quality of life, and may also positively influence the course of an illness
- is 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 (source: World Health Organisation, 2002)
A common misunderstanding is that hospice care is available only to people with cancer. In fact, hospices also care for patients in the end stages of other incurable illnesses such as neurological conditions, including Motor Neurone Disease and Multi-System Atrophy, HIV and AIDS, and far-advanced organ failures.
Hospice care is free of charge to all patients and their families.