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Palliative Care

Care for patients who have active progressive life limiting conditions.

Palliative care provides support for people in our community with any type of advanced, progressive illness that no longer responds to curative treatment. This nursing and related services support aims to help patients Live Every Moment and improve the quality of life for patients and families through the prevention and relief of suffering, pain and other symptoms – physical, psychological, social and spiritual.

Who receives Palliative Care ?

Eligibility for Palliative Care is for those with a life expectancy of approximately 12 months or less, and who need more support than the primary care teams alone can provide.

To download the Referral Criteria for Adult Palliative Care Services in Midland area please click here.

Lake Taupō Hospice accepts initial referrals from GPs, medical specialists and other healthcare professional agencies or directly from patients or their family/whanau. Each referral is assessed by our clinical staff in collaboration with the patient’s own doctor. Referrals are accepted through the process outlined in the Lake Taupo Hospice Specialist Palliative Care Services Admission/Transfer Process. Patients whose health status plateaus or stabilises may be discharged  to primary care services and can be readmitted at any time .

To download the most recent Authority for Administration of Medication by Hospice Nurse form please click here.

It doesn’t matter who you are, what you believe in or where you live in our district – hospice care is available free of charge.

Medical Palliative Specialist Services

Lake Taupō Hospice has a visiting palliative medicine specialist service for face to face consults at an outpatient clinic service, held at Lake Taupō Hospice or in the patients own home, once a month.

A Palliative Medicine Specialist is available for advice 24/7 via the Waikato Regional Palliative Centre 07 839 8691 ask for Palliative Specialist on duty/call.

Palliative Care Clinical Support Guidelines

Lake Taupō Hospice Trust has adopted and endorsed the clinical symptom management guidelines utilised by the Waikato Regional Palliative Specialist Centre. These can be found in the Palliative Care Handbook: Guidelines for clinical management and symptom control 8th Edition 2016.

Health care professionals are able to access a hard copy from Lake Taupō Hospice (limited stock available). Alternatively you can download a pdf version


About Hospice

Hospice is a philosophy of care which extends beyond the physical needs of a person to their emotional, social and spiritual needs and those of their family.

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