Contact your GP or practice nurse
You will need to have a lead palliative carer. This should be someone you identify, who you already know and is able to coordinate your palliative care. This is usually your GP or a nurse from the practice. If you live in a residential facility, this may be a nurse from the team.
Your lead palliative carer will have regular conversations with you and if you choose, your whānau, and will:
Palliative care can be provided in different places including in your home, in hospital, at a care home or a hospice.
It can be provided by GPs, specialists, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, counsellors, dieticians, district nurses and chaplains…hospice is just one part of palliative care.
Your primary care team will also have access to specialist advice from experts in palliative care, such as consultants in palliative medicine or clinical nurse specialists.
It may be that as your needs change or become more complex, you may require additional support from these specialist services. These may be provided to you from a hospice or a hospital as inpatient or outpatient facilities.
More information about palliative care and palliative care services is available on the Health Navigator website.