Palliative care is a medical specialty that focuses on comfort, relief of symptoms, and clarifying patient’s treatment goals. It can be offered concurrently with other medical therapies for any seriously ill patient with any disease or condition, particularly when there are physical, psycho-social, or spiritual complications.
The main aim is to treat the patient’s symptoms, provide supportive care while understanding the patient’s aspirations and goals. It also ensures that patients and their families are fully informed of the diagnosis and the likely outcomes in a timely, sensitive and appropriate manner. Palliative care involves treating the patient’s pain, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, weight loss, loss of appetite, difficulty in breathing and many others.
Patients requiring palliative care services can be attended to through referral by their primary doctor and book an appointment or as walk-ins.