Supportive & Palliative Care
St Vincent's Palliative Care Department provide an integrated interdisciplinary specialist service to patients with life-limiting illness. The service also supports many patients undergoing anti-cancer treatments, even when aimed at cure. A consultation service is provided to St Vincent’s Hospital and St Vincent’s Private Hospital with patients and carers supported by:
• A 12 bed inpatient unit
• A 24 hour community & outpatient consultative service in Eastern Sydney
• Community/respite programs
Pain control, symptom management, nursing, functional optimisation, psychosocial, and pastoral support are some of the key services provided by the team.
Supportive and Palliative Care Consultations at SVH
The service supports cancer and non cancer patients whilst under the care of their treating teams to provide pain control and symptom management, nursing, functional optimisation, psychological support; and to facilitate and ensure services are organised when patients are discharged home or other facilities.
The service will also take over appropriate patients to the Sacred Heart Inpatient Unit.
Supportive and Palliative Care Consultations at SVPH (St Vincent’s Private Hospital)
The service supports cancer and non cancer patients whilst under the care of their treating physician or surgeon to provide pain control and symptom management, nursing, functional optimisation, psychosocial support; and to facilitate and ensure services are organised when patients are discharged home or other facilities.
Supportive and Palliative Care Clinics
The service supports cancer and non cancer patients who are referred by their General Practitioner or treating Specialists. The clinics are held at:
- Sacred Heart Health Service
- The Kinghorn Cancer Centre
- St Vincent's Heart Lung Clinic
- St Vincent's Renal Unit
To refer to the Sacred Heart Supportive and Palliative Care Clinics, please complete the Community Supportive &Palliative Care Referral form and email: email@example.com or call (02) 8382 9444 or 8382 9435
Supportive and Palliative Care Inpatient Unit
The 12 bed inpatient unit at Sacred heart supports cancer and non cancer patients who require more intense inpatient care for a short period for pain control and symptom management, nursing, functional optimisation, psychosocial and pastoral support.
Community Supportive & Palliative Care
The Community Palliative Care Team is an interdisciplinary consultative service for patients with a life limiting illness. The service works with palliative care teams from Prince of Wales, Royal Hospital for Women and the Sydney Children's Hospitals covering the Local Government Areas of Sydney, Waverly, Woollahra, Randwick and Botany. Patients are referred for assessment and management at varying stages of their illness. We visit patients, their carers and families in their homes and in Residential Aged Care facilities.
To refer to the Sacred Heart Community palliative care team, please complete the Community Supportive & Palliative Care Referral form and email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (02) 8382 9444 or 8382 9435. For urgent referrals, please call and speak to the community palliative care clinical nurse coordinator.
Palliative Care Resources
Palliative and supportive care is a specialised service providing support and care for someone living with a chronic, serious illness. We support each patient and family individually, as no two people have quite the same needs, goals and care requirements.
CLICK HERE for resources that have been collected with the aim of giving some guidance to patients and caregivers on some ways to managing challenges they may face with their illness. The clinicians at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney have reviewed them, and they can be used as a guide. They do not replace personal assessments and recommendations.
Palliative Care goes beyond a person’s death, and continues to support families and friends in their bereavement. Sacred Heart provides a Bereavement Counselling Service to clients residing in Eastern Sydney and can receive referrals from anyone. For details, please click here.
Research in Palliative Care
Sacred Heart has an active clinical research program, finding new evidence in the management of symptoms such as pain, nausea, constipation and breathlessness, and proving the best way of psychologically supporting patients and providing innovative ways of providing care.
Sacred Heart Health Service
170 Darlinghurst Road, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Ph 02 8382 9444