The Palliative care service is essentially a consultative, medical service for patients with cancer throughout the hospital. Some patients are transferred to the service for total care; however, the majority remains in the care of their primary (most responsible) physician. The team conducts daily rounds and weekly grand rounds with members of the multidisciplinary team.
Currently the division has a section Head, a consultant, an assistant consultant, an associate consultant, a staff physician and two Fellows, currently on a two-year Fellowship in Ottawa, Canada.. The team works closely with the palliative care nurse and multidisciplinary team to ensure patients receive appropriate care and that their wishes and preferences for care are known and respected.
In addition, a new stand-alone Oncology Palliative Care Center for specialist care and management of patients with incurable cancer is in the planning stage. This center will contribute significantly to the quality of care provided and quality of life for all our cancer patients and their families.