It is therefore essential that all healthcare professionals in SA are able to identify people needing palliative care, initiate basic palliative care
to ensure better care in the last year of a patient's life and link such patients with community services to continue provision of palliative care in the patient's home.
And yet, he is among the lucky ones with his condition - thanks to basic palliative care
being funded by Scottish medical charity EMMS International.
John Providence emphasizes staff education to spread the word about palliative care Annually, the health system sponsors a train-the-trainer conference and educates 150 multidisciplinary associates on basic palliative care
. Trainers return to their departments and share what they learned.
It is usually possible to deal with severe pain in patients with advanced cancer by following basic palliative care
Preparation for the palliative care pilot program involved three levels of education, including general awareness, basic palliative care
, and advanced education.
Similar gaps exist in providing basic palliative care
education for all clinicians who care for seriously ill patients, and in generating an evidence base for the field.
Patricia Balsom wrote of being denied basic palliative care
, waiting in pain for scans, given only one pillow when she needed two, being treated against her will on a mixed sex ward where a deranged male patient stood naked at the end of her bed, at one stage being taken home unaccompanied in a delivery van because no ambulance was available.
They include: u Every person with life-limiting conditions should be able to receive appropriate palliative care; u Every health care professional should incorporate basic palliative care
in their approach to clinical practice; u The three cancer service networks in Wales have a duty to ensure specialist care is incorporated into all aspects of service provision.