Palliative care is a holistic approach to the care of people with progressive incurable disease, that aims to prevent and relieve suffering. It can benefit anyone with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, and is centred around achieving the best possible quality of life for that person.
Canterbury Integrated Palliative Care Services incorporates the Nurse Maude Hospice Palliative Care Service (caring for people in the community throughout Canterbury and the West Coast as well as within the Hospice) and the Christchurch Hospital Palliative Care Service (providing support and advice to people who are admitted to Hospital). It comprises a multidisciplinary team of health professionals that works closely with your GP or usual healthcare provider.
For general information about palliative care in Canterbury see http://healthinfo.co.nz/
For information about the Nurse Maude Hospice Palliative Care Team please see www.nursemaude.org.nz/nursing/hospice
For information about the Christchurch Hospital Palliative Care Team or to access the Hospital Palliative Care Service Guidelines please see http://cdhb.palliativecare.org.nz