New Process for Palliative Care Request for Service will be rolled out in January 2018

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New Process for Palliative Care Request for Service will be rolled out in January 2018

13-Dec-2017

In an effort to streamline the access to the Palliative Care Services Program, new forms and standard work have been developed and recently trialed.

The team charged with reviewing the existing processes wanted to streamline the forms and overall, improve the communication between Palliative Care and the clinicians requesting service.

The team consisted of: physicians , nurses, palliative co-ordinators, social workers, assessor co-ordinators, nurse educators and managers from Palliative Care, the Allan Blair Cancer Centre (ABCC), Regina General Hospital (RGH), Pasqua Hospital (PH) and Community Medical Clinics.

A palliative care family member participated throughout the project and provided great insight.

The improvement work focused on:

  1. Palliative Physician Consultation for pain management, symptom control, referrals to Wascana Grace Hospice and admission or transfer to Pasqua Hospital Palliative Unit 3A.
  2. Application for Palliative Care Community Services that offers nursing, continuing care assistants, social work, music therapy and occupational therapy to patients within the community. 

Thank you to RGH units 5E, 6F; PH units 3A, 3B, 3D; ABCC; Stapleford Medical Clinic and Meadow Primary Health Care Centre for trialing the new processes.

The new Palliative Application for Service form will be published in Med Access and Accuro over the next few weeks for those physicians who have Electronic Medical Records (EMR) to ensure easy access to the new form. If you are not one of the trial sites, please continue to use the current processes.

More information will be sent out in late December or early January to all physicians and all Regina-area staff.

If you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Leanna Florek, the project lead, at 306-570-1645 or by email at leanna.florek@saskhealthauthority.ca.