The pain and symptom management/palliative care (PSM/PC) team is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary team that provides patient-centered care to patients with life-threatening cancer.
We recognize that the needs of patients and families are many and can be different so the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of each case are discussed to provide the best care. We use a team approach, involving specialists from medicine, nursing, dietary, social work, spiritual care, physiotherapy and pharmacy.
Access to and delivery of quality palliative care is a right of every Canadian. The team will provide holistic care with a foundation of compassion, respect for patient rights and dignity.
The PSM/PC team operates from the following sites:
- Cancer centre outpatient clinics
- GRH acute care inpatient consultation service
- GRH complex continuing care – Freeport Campus
- KW Hospice Palliative Care Community Program -provides ambulatory clinic and home based care
To receive consultation and services from the pain and symptom management/palliative care team, speak with any member of your care team. PSM/PC team members are available at the cancer centre and provide access and support 24/7 with the help of the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) services and a group of specialty trained palliative care nurses in the community.
Martha Karn: providing comfort, compassion and dignity in palliative careMay 4, 2016
It was not until she began her career in nursing that she found her calling in palliative care. Nearly a decade later, registered nurse Martha Karn continues to dedicate her time to caring for those with a life limiting illness.
Sarah Pearson: supporting palliative care through music therapyMay 3, 2016
What was once a personal passion for music is now a rewarding career that brings a little known service with a big impact to our palliative care patients. Sarah Pearson, a music therapist at GRH, works with very ill patients at the hospital through the use of music.
Dr. Ahmed Jakda: proudly supporting patients and families through a palliative approachMay 2, 2016
For palliative care physician, Dr. Ahmed Jakda, helping patients and families through difficulty is a privileged opportunity. Dr. Jakda works with patients and families as they go through their illness journey, and he couldn’t be more honoured to provide them with the best care possible.