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In-Patient Palliative Care

Palliative Care is care that is provided to people who have a progressing terminal illness that will lead to death. Cure is no longer the aim of treatment; instead the focus is on maintaining the best quality of life for each person.  The person who is dying from a terminal illness is made as comfortable as possible by relieving symptoms as well as meeting their emotional and spiritual needs.  Families are supported both pre and post their loved one’s death with emotional, practical and bereavement support.

Ipswich Hospice has a home like environment and peaceful surroundings. Medical care is provided by either the Guest’s usual community GP or a GP from the Hospice on-call roster.  A Palliative Care Physician oversees the medical care providing on-site visits, supervising a weekly case conference and being on-call for support for medical and nursing teams.

In-patient services are overseen by the Clinical Manager.  24 hours a day care is provided by experienced Registered and Assistant Nurses, while trained volunteers assist in non-clinical support.  Psychosocial and practical support is provided by the Ipswich Hospice Social Worker.

Referral can be made by a hospital, General Practitioner, relative, nurse, friend or self. There is no set fee structure but donations towards covering the costs of care are appreciated. We are able to access Private Health Funds and Department of Veterans Affairs if applicable.

An interactive PDF Referral Form can be found by clicking on the following link Interactive PDF Referral Form.  This form can be completed and submitted to Ipswich Hospice Care by email, or can be printed out to be completed manually and then posted or delivered to Hospice.

The Guest Wing of Ipswich Hospice features seven private rooms with ensuites and access to balconies overlooking Limestone Park.  Each room features its own reclining chair, television and air-conditioning unit, which can provide an individualised care environment.  Our Guests and their families and support people are encouraged to avail themselves of all the facilities we offer: 24 hour access to food and drink preparation areas, access to the lounge areas, outside balconies, and gardens.  There are no set visiting hours to allow as much flexibility as possible.  We ask that all visitors respect other Guests and families.

Hospice is a home away from home providing the help, support and care that you, your family and support people need.