Officially opened in late 2014, the new 10-bed Supportive and Palliative Care Unit at the National Center for Cancer Care and Research marked a very important milestone in the journey of transformation for cancer services.
Palliative care takes a holistic approach to address the full spectrum of a patient’s needs, from the physical and emotional to the spiritual and social. Thus the development of the Supportive and Palliative Care Unit involved a large multi-disciplinary team including specialist doctors and clinical nurse specialists as well as other healthcare professionals, such as dieticians and clinical psychologists. The Unit also receives significant support from community groups.
The unit features single ensuite rooms created to offer a comfortable ‘home-away-from-home’ for each patient within a tranquil, private environment, conducive to providing end of life care. There is also an activity room and the décor of the unit features some distinctive artwork donated by Gallery One Studio.