Mount Druitt celebrates World Hospice and Palliative Care Day

07 Oct 2015

It's World Hospice and Palliative Care Day and Mount Druitt Hospital's passionate Supportive and Palliative Care team have celebrated with an afternoon tea.

The event, which was held to raise community awareness about the service, was attended by the director of Supportive and Palliative Care Dr Philip Lee and the Member for Mount Druitt Edmond Atalla, who congratulated the service on being benchmarked as the best in the nation two years in a row.

: Nursing unit manager Trish Dalgleish, Supportive and Palliative Care director Dr Philip Lee and Member for Mount Druitt Edmond

Nursing unit manager Trish Dalgleish with palliative care patient Phil Kelly

"Today is a great opportunity to celebrate the work of our service," said nursing unit manager Trish Dalgleish.

"Many people don't know about palliative care until they need us.

"We provide patients with a holistic palliative care approach involving the patient and their family.

"We make our service as comfortable as possible by offering a 24-hour visiting policy and we also let patients' dogs visit them here."

Edmond Atalla acknowledged the service for making things a lot easier for people going through a very difficult time.

Palliative care patient Mr Phil Kelly said the service at Mount Druitt was "not like a normal hospital" and that he traveled to the service from Beaumont Hills because of its reputation as one of the best.

For more information about Palliative and Supportive Care services at Mount Druitt Hospital contact 9881 1555.