St Vincent's Hospital Sydney Palliative Care Department provide an integrated interdisciplinary palliative care 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 39 bed inpatient unit
• A 24 hour community & outpatient consultative service in Eastern Sydney
• A day activity centre
• Community/respite programs
Pain control, symptom management, nursing, psychosocial, and pastoral support are some of the key services provided by the team. During 2013-2014 approximately 710 patients were cared for in the inpatient unit and 670 outpatients were supported in the community. Sacred Heart also provides palliative medical outreach clinics to Wagga Wagga, Albury and Orange.
Community 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 Childrens 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.
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.
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