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Discharging Palliative Patients from Hospital

Patients with palliative needs often require support in the community. A well planned discharge can prevent readmission to hospital. To facilitate discharge home, it is the team’s responsibility to ensure that:

  1. All support the patient requires is carefully ascertained.
  2. The patient has been seen by the appropriate multidisciplinary team members, particularly social work and occupational therapy.
  3. A yellow medication card has been completed by the pharmacist (or doctor). If the patient has been started on opioids such as morphine or oxycodone, download the appropriate patient information leaflets from the intranet site. Other patients information leaflets are also available.
  4. A community palliative care referral form has been completed IN DETAIL. This is faxed along with the medical discharge summary (if possible). This ensures the patient receives a community visit from either a district nurse or a member of the specialist palliative care team from Nurse Muade and that all relevant information is available.

For patients going into Aged Residential Care, input may still be required from specialist palliative care. This necessitates the completion of a community palliative care referral form.

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Topic Code: 58382