People in the Peel region of Western Australia will have access to an expanded and enhanced palliative care service when Silver Chain begins operating in the area.
The service is currently provided through Peel Community Palliative Care but will be transferred to Silver Chain from 1 July this year.
Silver Chain welcomed WA Minister for Health, Dr Kim Hames, at the Mandurah Service Centre last month, who together with Silver Chain’s Director of Palliative Care, David Larmour, officially announced the transition of the service.
“After hours access is an integral part of support to the client and their family and we are pleased to be able to provide people in and around the Peel region with 24 hour medical advice and nursing support when needed,” David said.
“Clients will continue to have access to a local nursing team headed by a Clinical Nurse Consultant Manager, allied health professionals, a chaplaincy and bereavement service and an option of respite care at home.
“Our nurses will use portable technology to record and review clients’ medical records, ensuring they always have the most up-to-date information at hand.
“We are keen to build on existing relationships with local GPs, including those who have been supporting the current program, and we are looking forward to working with the local community as we embed our service.”
Silver Chain is working in partnership with Peel Community Palliative Care to plan for and implement the transition of services and to ensure clients are unaffected.
The service is funded by WA Health.
Image: Health Minister Dr Kim Hames, Silver Chain Director of Palliative Care, David Larmour, Silver Chain Clinical Nurse Consultant Manager, Susie Vojkovic and Silver Chain's Dr Fiona Findlay.