In-Patient Palliative Care

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In-Patient Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness and progression of chronic disease through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. 

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 Director of Nursing.  Twenty-four hours a day care is provided by a Nurse Practitioner and 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.

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.