Palliative Care

Lower Hume Palliative Care

The Lower Hume Palliative Care Service is based in Seymour (located in the Community Services building at the rear of the hospital) and provides care and support for consumers with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers.

The service can be provided to consumers wherever the consumer chooses to be – home or hospital and services the clients living in the Shires of Mitchell, Murrindindi and the western area of Strathbogie.

The Palliative Care team comprises of Clinical Nurse Specialists, a Loss & Grief Coordinator and a volunteer coordinator.

Inpatient Palliative Care is also available, please Click here to go to the Hospital Palliative Care services page.

If you would like to contact the team, please call on (03) 5735 8070 or email shlowerhumepalliativecare@seymourhealth.org.au

Do I need a referral?

No, a doctor's referral is not required; however the consumer’s consent is necessary to provide this service. After initial contact, the palliative care team will conduct an assessment of the consumer and his/her needs. Assessments meeting the criteria will be eligible for the provision of the agreed service from that moment with a referral to the District Nursing Service and/or a visiting volunteer if desired.

What does the service include?

This is a holistic service; Seymour Health will liaise with the consumer's doctor, hospital and other health care providers as required, to provide the best possible care and support of the consumer's choice throughout their illness, and support for the family/carer.

How much does it cost?

The palliative care program is a State and Federal funded program, therefore no charge is payable for Lower Hume Palliative Care services.

Palliative Care operating hours

0800 - 1600 Monday to Friday

Clinician's can access our Referral form here.

Telehealth

If you have made an appointment to consult with our nurses via Telehealth, you can enter the waiting room via clicking on this link: https://vcc.healthdirect.org.au/t/seymourpalliative/join

Early Referral Clinic

Consumers who may benefit from extra support locally but are not yet ready for Community Palliative care, can be referred to the Early Referral Clinic.

This is a single appointment clinic where the client will be signposted to services and supports in their area, and any client requiring ongoing/complex support should be referred directly to our community palliative care service the usual way.

What consumers can expect at an appointment:

  • Symptom Assessment and management advice
  • Social review including Next of Kin Details and Genogram
  • Advice on local services
  • A Report back to the GP and/or Specialist with a summary of the consult
  • A Chance to discuss Advanced Care Planning


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