Service Contact Details

Please use the following details to contact this service directly:
Day Centre Building, Robinson St, Horsham 3400 VIC (car park and entry at rear)
Tel: 03 5381 9363     Fax: 03 5381 9170
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Service Description / Overview

Wimmera Hospice Care is a palliative care service that supports people living with life limiting illnesses and their families and carers. Our team supports patients at home, in aged care facilities and while in hospital. The Wimmera Hospice Care team works with the patient's local doctors, nurses and allied health care team to provide care.

Palliative Care or Hospice Care is about:

  • Treating symptoms and making patients comfortable when cure is not possible or is unlikely
  • Supporting patients to have the best quality of life possible
  • Supporting family and carers during the patient's illness and during bereavement if required
  • Helping with not just the physical problems, but the emotional, spiritual, and social issues that may happen as a result of illness

Nursing Care

Wimmera Hospice care nurses help with managing symptoms and co-ordinating care. Our nurses work as a team and it is likely that patients will meet everyone whilst involved with the service.

Medical Care

Specialist palliative care doctors from Ballarat may visit patients in the Wimmera and are available to support local doctors.

A range of equipment is available free of charge to patients and carers.

Education

Nurses provide education sessions to:

  • Patients, families and carers
  • Health care professionals
  • Community groups

  Education for health professionals is also available through the Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team in Ballarat.

Bereavement/Counselling Support

A bereavement support program is offered to families and carers. Funding can be made available for specialist bereavement counselling.

Fees

There is no cost to patients for visits by Wimmera Hospice Care nurses or the Palliative Care specialist doctor. There may be fees for educational sessions to professional organisations.

Area Serviced

Wimmera Hospice Care serves the local government areas of Yarriambiack, Hindmarsh, West Wimmera and the Rural City of Horsham and Dsitrict (37,000 square kilometres).

Eligibility

The service is available to any person living with a life limiting illness and their families. Referral are accepted from patients, family members/carers and health professionals (providing consent is given by the patient or legal representative).

Waiting List

Visits will be made as soon as possible following referral.

Further Information

More information about palliative care in the Grampians region is available from www.grampianspalliativecare.com.au.

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