Service Contact Details
Wimmera Cancer Centre, incorporating Palliative Care and Dialysis
CNR Robinson Street and Arnott Street, Horsham 3400 VIC
Tel: 03 5381 9363
Service Description / Overview
Wimmera Palliative Care Serivce is a community palliative care service that supports people living with life limiting illnesses, who have complex symptoms, and their families and carers. Our team supports patients at home, in aged care facilities and while in hospital. The Wimmera Palliative Care team works with the patient's local doctors, nurses and allied health care team to provide care.
Palliative Care / Hospice Care is about:
- Treating symptoms and making patients comfortable when cure is not possible or is unlikely
- Supporting patients to have the best quality of life possible
- Supporting family and carers during the patient's illness and during bereavement if required
- Helping with not just the physical problems, but the emotional, spiritual, and social issues that may happen as a result of illness
Wimmera palliative care nurses help with managing symptoms and co-ordinating care. The team is supported by a palliative care nurse practitioner. Our nurses work as a team and it is likely that patients will meet everyone whilst involved with the service.
Specialist palliative care doctors, from Ballarat, visit patients in the Wimmera and are available to support local doctors as well as the palliative care nurses.
A range of equipment is available free of charge to patients and carers.
Nurses provide education sessions to:
- Patients, families and carers
- Health care professionals
- Community groups
Education for health professionals is also available through the Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team in Ballarat.
A bereavement support program is offered to families and carers. Funding can be made available for specialist bereavement counselling if necessary.
There is no cost to patients for visits by Wimmera palliative care nurses or the palliative care specialist doctor. There may be fees for educational sessions to professional organisations.
Wimmera Palliative Care services the local government areas of Yarriambiack, Hindmarsh, West Wimmera and the Rural City of Horsham and Dsitrict (37,000 square kilometres).
The service is available to any person living with a life limiting illness, who have sypmtoms that are difficult to manage, and their families. Referrals are accepted from patients, family members/carers and health professionals (providing consent is given by the patient or legal representative).
Visits are triaged for urgency and will be made as soon as possible following referral.
More information about palliative care in the Grampians region is available from www.grampianspalliativecare.com.au.