Palliative Community Supportive Care Clinic
How we can help you
Our clinic can help you if you are living in the community with a life-limiting or terminal illness. The clinic aims to help you and your family to ensure you are as comfortable as possible and have the best quality of life you can.
We can help with:
- managing your pain or symptoms
- your nutrition
- swallowing and communication
- referrals to counsellors or spiritual/pastoral care.
Please speak to your specialist or GP to get a referral to our service.
We are a team of different health professionals including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals which include dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers and speech pathologists).
|Dr Rebecca Strutt||Palliative care specialist doctor|
|Our other health professionals|
|Michelle Neville||Occupational Therapist|
|Caroline Pugh||Clinical Nurse Consultant|
Our clinic is held on Tuesdays from 8.00 am - 2.00 pm at the Prince of Wales Adult Outpatient Department, Level 2, Campus Centre Building, Prince of Wales Hospital. Phone Number is 9382 0400
You will first see Dr Rebecca Strut, our palliative care specialist doctor. You will also see other health professionals from our team.
To be eligible to use our service you must need the care of many different health professionals from our team.
If you live in the South East Sydney region and have a life-limiting illness such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), heart failure, or motor neuron disease you may be referred by your local family doctor or a medical specialist to use our services. Please ask your doctor send us a referral letter together with relevant medical history and a list of all your current medication.
Once we have received a completed referral, we will send you a confirmation appointment letter, which will tell you where your appointment is located and what information you should bring with you.
If you need to change or cancel your appointment, please telephone the Aged Care Department during business hours on 02 9382 0400..
Please make sure you bring:
- Your referral lettter
- Current Medicare or Veterans Affairs card
- Any Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card
- Your private health fund membership if you have one
- Recent X-rays or medical images and their reports
- Activities to keep you entertained while waiting, e.g. book, music player, crosswords.
We are teaching hospital and you may be asked to be involved in research or for a student to be present at your appointment. You have a right to say no. If you do so, this will not impact in any way on the services we will provide.
Please let us know if you need an interpreter. You can contact us telephoning the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. Tell the operator what language you speak and then ask the interpreter to set up a telephone conversation between you, an interpreter, and the healthcare professional you want to speak with.