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Hospital Palliative Care Service

Palliative Care Guidelines

The word “palliative” is derived from the Latin pallium, a cloak or cover, and implies a form of care that:

The aim therefore of Palliative Care is to maximise the quality of the person's life. This is achieved by delivering and co-ordinating a range of services in response to the individual needs of the patient/family/whānau.

The goal of Palliative Care is to work alongside patients to facilitate the achieving and maintaining of maximum physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, vocational, cultural and social potentials, however limited they may be as a result of disease progression.

Palliative Care recognises dying as a normal process and aims to neither hasten nor postpone death.

The Palliative Care approach should be an integral part of all clinical practice.


Palliative Care is part of Oncology Services and our office is located within the Oncology Department, Ground Floor, Parkside West, Christchurch Hospital.

Outpatient Clinics are in the Oncology Outpatient Department on the ground floor.

Palliative Care references and resources

In This Section

The Team

What is palliative care?

When is a referral to palliative care appropriate?

Making a referral

Discharging Palliative Patients from Hospital

Discharging Patients from Specialist Palliative Care

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