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Patients at Home in an Urban Area
- Patients accepted to Palliative Care Service are assigned to a case manager depending to location
- The case manager (CNC ) refers the patient to Community nurses (Palmerston/Casuarina) depending on location
- The community nurses home visits the patient depending on needs
- CNC from Palliative Care will assist with advice regarding service provision, symptom management and EOLC. They do not provide “hands on” nursing care.
- The CNC ensures medications and equipment is organised for patients who are at home through the assistance of the OT.
- Home care services can sourced through the help of the Palliative Care Social Worker.
- Care services are very limited (generally a few hours a week) and unfortunately there is no public provision of full nursing care in the home or night nursing in the NT.
- There is an Afterhours service to visit patients at home out of business hours if needed to support the patient and the family.
End of Life Care
- The CNC liaises with the doctor for medication prescriptions.
- Referral is made to the Community Care nurses who will be home visiting depending on needs.
- Community nurses will liaise with CNCs for advice on symptom management and other specialist needs.
- There is an Afterhours service to visit patients at home out of business hours if needed to support the patient and the family