Palliative speciality sites – Greenwich Hospital, River Road, Greenwich (North Sydney)

HammondCare is an independent Christian charity specialising in palliative care, dementia care, rehabilitation and older age mental health. HammondCare provides these services in NSW through sub-acute hospitals (Greenwich, Neringah and Braeside) residential care and innovative community care services.

Set in the peaceful suburb of Greenwich, the Palliative and Supportive Care Service within Greenwich Hospital provides a 25-bed inpatient unit, a day hospital, outpatient clinics, lymphedema in, and outpatient service, community outreach, bereavement counselling and telephone advice 24/7. The service comprises a committed team of health professionals (medical, nursing, social work, physio, occupational, recreational, massage and art therapist(s), pastoral care and bereavement counsellors) dedicated to providing high-quality end-of-life care, symptom control and rehabilitation to patients and their families affected by a life-limiting illness. We care for approximately 500 inpatients a year, and have up to 200 patients on our community list at any given time. We are committed to giving people the choice of dying at home and where possible to provide the support to make this possible.

How would you benefit from a PEPA placement?

This will depend on what your learning needs are. During your placement, you will receive education and support from experienced palliative care health professionals. This includes:
• orientation – to the service and a package of useful resources and information
• mentoring by our Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) and Consultant (CNC) and Nursing Unit Manager (NUM) to ensure that your learning objectives are met
• opportunity to attend:

  • multidisciplinary case conference meeting(s) inpatient and/or community
  • Doctor’s and CNC round(s)
  • family conference(s)
  • family support groups
  • staff debriefing
  • a community home and/or an outreach visit to a hospital within the Northern Sydney Health District

• opportunity to:

  • attend in-service(s)
  • develop or refresh your clinical and physical assessment skills through face-to-face teaching and utilising our available e-learning resources and library.

As part of its commitment to teaching and learning, HammondCare has established two Clinical Training Centres located at Hammondville and Greenwich.  The Clinical Training Centre at Greenwich is focussed on palliative care and pain management and is currently involved in a wide range of research projects in palliative care that may be of interest, for example we currently have an innovative nursing research project in progress in conjunction with the University of Technology Sydney and the Pam McLean Communication Centre with the aim to improve nursing communication skills through the use of role-playing with actors and real-life scenarios. Additionally, the Clinical Training Centre hosts a variety of seminars and workshops related to palliative care throughout the year.

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