Palliative Care Services in the Macedon Ranges will be boosted with the launch of Specialist Palliative Care clinic at Kyneton District Health. The new clinic, operated by the Loddon Mallee Regional Specialist Palliative Care Consultancy Service, will operate twice a month from July 1st.
Patients currently travelling outside of the region will be able to see a Palliative Care Physician and/or Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner in Kyneton.
Maree Cuddihy, CEO of Kyneton District Health, welcomed the news, stating the new clinic will complement the existing Palliative Care services already available through the hospital.
“It’s fantastic for our local community that we are able to bring the Specialist Palliative Care clinic to Kyneton District Health. This new clinic will allow patients to see their specialists locally, reducing the need to travel into a metropolitan centre which can often be a stressful experience,” Ms Cuddihy said.
This announcement coincides with National Palliative Care Week (19-25 May), an annual awareness raising week organised by Palliative Care Australia.
Director of Nursing and Deputy CEO, Karen Laing said:
“The theme for National Palliative Care Week in 2019 is ‘What matters most?’ and for us that means offering high quality personalised care close to home. Our Specialist Community Palliative Care Service, run by our Community Nursing team, helps patients in their own homes with day to day management of life limiting illness. Our combination of hospital and community care means our patients are able to move easily between home and hospital as needed.”
Other services available through Kyneton District Health include The Treehouse, a day program for those living with dementia, a palliative or other condition affecting quality of life, and overnight respite, where patients can stay for up to two weeks in one of the hospital’s palliative care respite beds.
To find out more about Palliative Care programs at Kyneton District Health, please call 5422 9911.