P.D. Hinduja Hospital and Medical Research Centre launched its non-cancer palliative care service in the hospital on the World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.
Palliative care involves providing relief to chronically ill patients from pain and other symptoms associated with the disease. It also helps improve quality of life for both patient and family. Some of the diseases that require palliative care are cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), kidney disease, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
“At Hinduja, we keep patients at the center of everything that we do. Through our palliative care services, we aim to provide excellent quality care to these patients and make them feel comfortable as much as possible," said Gautam Khanna, CEO, Hinduja.
The unit will be headed by Dr Rajam Iyer, Palliative Care Physician at Hinduja.
“We always hear about palliative care for cancer patients. But those with other ailments too need to be taken care of. Palliative care plays an important role in alleviating short-term symptoms and provides long-term support against chronic diseases,” said Dr Rajam.
“The unit will largely be for those patients who need to end life with comfort care and dignity. It is important to understand that any patient has the right to die with all dignity and relief. We will be training more nurses and creating a team for the OPD here. The unit will provide its services for nominal charges."
“Palliative care is a medical discipline that focuses more on relief than cure that is essential during the last years of life. There is very little or no awareness about the importance and need for palliative care all over India," said Dr. Roop Gursahani, Consultant Neurologist, Hinduja.
Pointing out that access to palliative care was low, he said, patients who needed palliative care often did not receive it.
"Through our palliative care services, we intend to change this scenario and provide best quality palliative care services to the sick.”
What will the Hinduja palliative care unit do?
1) Explain and integrate palliative care with other specialisations.
2) Explain to the family and the patient about the severity of the illness
3) Enable patients to cope with fear
4) Empower patients