Palliative Care

Department in Depth

The Palliative Care Service in St. James’s Hospital is a medically led consultative advisory service offering a multi-disciplinary approach to all patients and families referred to the service. We provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms and address the psychosocial and spiritual aspects to patient care. We affirm life and regard dying as a normal process.

We offer choice to patients and families with regard to place of death – home, hospice, hospital. We make use of all available community services to ensure successful discharge of patients to their homes.

We offer support to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement.

Palliative care is a branch of medicine that deals with complex, serious illness. It is a specialised service that is involved in treating the physical symptoms of an illness while at the same time being mindful of the emotional and spiritual needs of each patient. This programme has being designed to give a better understanding of what is involved in palliative care, the types of services provided and where and when these services may be accessed.