Hamilton Health Sciences
Palliative Care at HHS

Palliative Care Consultation Team

Palliative Care Consultation Teams

A Palliative Care Consultation Team is based at both the Hamilton General and Juravinski Hospital sites.  Working in conjunction with the patient's primary health care team, multi-disciplinary team members (physicians, nurses, social workers) provide consultation services for inpatients and their families throughout each site (scattered bed model). 

Our Service:

Interdisciplinary teams including a doctor, nurse and social worker provide care for adult inpatients and their families who require the specialized skills of a palliative care service. Our professionals work with the patient, the family and other members of the health care team. 

Our team will work with you to:

  • Relieve suffering,  including pain and other distressing physical and emotional symptoms
  • Assist with future care planning
  • Help with discharge planning

If you think you or your family member could benefit from the involvement of the Palliative Care Team, please talk with your hospital doctor or nurse.

What We Do

We provide holistic supportive care and assist with symptom management in patients with a palliative diagnosis:

  • Pain
  • Nausea and vomitting
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Anorexia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Delirium

In addition to:

  • Address pain and symptom issues in patients with a prognosis less than 1 year for both cancer and non-cancer related illnesses
  • End-of-life management
  • Complex discussion regarding goals of care
  • Education to patients and their families
  • Palliative Care Social Worker involved with specialized palliative psycho-social interventions including: discharge planning, coordination of services and focused counseling

Referral Criteria:

Patients are referred to by their attending hospital doctor

Diagnosis of a life threatening or terminal illness, and;

Require the expertise of a specialized palliative care service for: the assessment and management of acute symptoms and/or psycho-social distress;  specialized assistance with planning for goals of inpatient care, discharge planning, future care planning and/or end of life care



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