Bethesda expands mobile palliative care service

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Western Australia’s Bethesda Health Care has enunciated its commitment to providing quality palliative care services by expanding its mobile service to include Perth’s entire metropolitan area.

Earlier this month, Bethesda, together with the Department of Health and the Western Australian Cancer and Palliative Care Network, launched the Metropolitan Palliative Care Consultancy Service (MPaCCS).

The new service follows Bethesda’s Palliative Ambulatory Service North (PASN) project, which saw the hospital deliver palliative care services in Perth’s northern suburbs.

The government-funded MPaCCS service has been designed to build on that success.

MPaCCS integrates the north and south metropolitan specialist palliative care area health teams to provide a single coordinated service across the entire metropolitan area.

Bethesda Health Care chief executive Yasmin Naglazas said a greater number of the city’s residents will benefit from the improved service.

“The Metropolitan Palliative Care Consultancy Service will increase the hospital’s scope to provide more care, particularly to those who do not require inpatient accommodation but need end of life care for cancer and life-limiting illnesses, and to benefit from our staff’s expertise and experience,” Ms Naglazas said.

Bethesda has built a permanent base for the service in South Perth – a location chosen for its proximity to the entrances to the city’s major freeways.

The expansion has also seen more staff added to the mobile multidisciplinary specialist palliative care team, which consists of nurses, social workers, palliative care physicians and administrative support workers.

Ms Naglazas said the expansion was not done so it could compete with other service providers, but rather to complement and improve the system.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our current provision of mobile palliative care services and to complementing, not duplicating, the invaluable care of other service providers such as the Silver Chain Hospice,” Ms Naglazas said.

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