Hamilton Health Sciences Palliative Care Consultation Team

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A Palliative Care Consultation Team is based at both the Hamilton General and Juravinski Hospital sites.  Working in partnership with the patient’s primary healthcare team, a team of physicians, nurses, and social workers provide consultation services for inpatients and their families.

Palliative care services are directed to patients and their families / circle of supporters and respects that everyone approaches death from their own unique perspective based upon their individual values, spiritual beliefs, cultural roots, family dynamics and life experiences. Palliative Care is active care which focuses on maintaining the quality of life, comfort, autonomy and dignity of each patient through the prevention, assessment and management of potentially distressing symptoms.

Palliative care can be provided in all phases of illness, from early in the course of illness to bereavement. It is recommended that patients begin receiving palliative care support as early as possible, even at the time of diagnosis.