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Makeover for Camden palliative care unit

The palliative care unit at Camden Hospital is about to become an even better place for patients, families and carers.

There will be new furniture for the outdoor garden space and the quiet room at the 10 bed unit will get a makeover.

South Western Sydney Local Heath District chief executive Amanda Larkin says the refurbishment at Camden Hospital would help bring comfort to people at the end stages of life. 

 “Providing our patients and their families with the creature comforts of home is important, but this project will provide that special touch, adding to the wonderful care our palliative care team provides,” Ms Larkin said.

 The $29,398 project is one of 34 at palliative care facilities in NSW to be refurbished over the next two years, with planning under way for additional projects from 2021.

Palliative care is the coordinated medical, nursing and allied health care for people who have a progressive life limiting illness.

It aims to achieve the best quality of life for clients and their caregivers while acknowledging the uniqueness of each individual.

Palliative care is applicable early in the course of the illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy and includes those investigations needed to better understand and manage distressing clinical complications.

Palliative care provides physical, psychological, social and spiritual support for clients and their families and where possible this care is delivered to clients in their preferred location which may be at home, in hospital, palliative care unit or a residential aged care facility.

 The NSW Government committed $10 million in 2019 for palliative care facility refurbishments, as part of a $45 million enhancement over four years for palliative care, announced in the 2019-20 NSW budget.  

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