Medical and Scientific: Health Palliative care unit lacking at Westmead

11 Jan 2021 - Medical and Scientific

Palliative care advocates say terminally ill patients in western Sydney are missing out on acute and holistic end-of-life care, as Westmead Hospital marks more than a decade without a dedicated palliative care unit. The hospital faces urgent calls to re-establish a stand-alone unit with specialist nurses, after closing its palliative care unit in 2009. Since then, Westmead has transferred seven beds to the oncology ward, which can be used for palliative care if they are available. However, advocates say the system is failing to support patients.

Sydney Morning Herald; 11/01/21; Page 12