Hutt Valley Hospital Palliative Care Service
Te Omanga Hospice has provided a Specialist Palliative Care consultation service at Hutt Hospital since 2007. The team members are Jude Pickthorne, Nurse Lead Palliative Care CNS, Sarah Shellard, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Dr Tom Middlemiss, Palliative Medicine Specialist. The team can be contacted via the hospital switchboard.
The team see hospital patients who may require palliative care. They provide advice about patient care, education and support to other medical and nursing teams, as well as to doctors and nurses in training. The Hospital Palliative Care Service liaises with Te Omanga Hospice and other hospices if necessary. Some patients are referred to Te Omanga Hospice when they leave hospital, others have on-going palliative care needs managed by their GP.