Caring for people nearing the end of life and supporting their families is one of the most important things that we as a hospital, and healthcare professionals, can do. As a hospital we have a responsibility for ensuring that we provide compassionate, supportive and dignified care to all our patients, but especially to those nearing end of life.
The specialist palliative care team provides support to patients with more complex needs, their carers and families. The aim of the specialist palliative care team is to promote the best achievable quality of life for adult patients and their families facing cancer and other life-threatening illness that are not responsive to curative treatment. The team supports over 1000 patients each year during admission to the RUH.
The specialist palliative care team recently moved to a new permanent office on the main hospital corridor. Next to the team office is a redundant store room. The Charity has agreed a generous grant to enable the team to refurbish this store room, to create a compassionate and dignified quiet room next to the team office. This room will be invaluable in enabling the team to meet with families away from the wards if this is their preference and to meet with visitors who arrive at the office seeking advice.
The team will recognise the support provided by the Bath Cancer Unit Support Group when the refurbishment is completed with a plaque for the room.