Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Perak Palliative Care Society (PPCS)

As promised in my previous entry, here are the details of Perak Palliative Care Society (PPCS).

Background Information
The Perak Palliative Care Society (PPCS) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-religious society formed in October 1994. In February 1995, PPCS was registered as a charitable society. The Palliative Care Unit provides out patient consultations, In patient care, Home Care, Day Care and teleconsultations for patients round the clock.

Patients who are referred to this unit are patients who have cancer that has spread or recurred and there is no definitive cure. They are given symptomatic relief so that they can continue to enjoy the quality of life. The staffs are also given continuous education to keep in touch with the latest developments in palliative care.

Role of the PPCS
1. To promote awareness of Palliative Care in the community
2. To advocate for better services for the terminally ill
3. To advocate for better education and training opportunities for health care providers
4. To promote the spirit of volunteerism
5. To provide Palliative Care services

The Perak Palliative Care Centre
In 1997 the Perak Chinese Maternity Hospital gave the Society a space within the premises of the hospital to set up the Centre. The Centre now occupies new premises at Jalan Lasam in Ipoh. Their website presence was established in 2004.

PPCS Programmes

a) Out Patient Palliative Care Services
Out patient services are provided in the clinic on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Patients who are referred from various departments in the hospital, health clinics and other government and private hospitals are seen. The clinic is manned by 2 staff nurses and doctors. With the number of attendance increasing, the year 2006, saw 569 attendances.

b) Inpatient Services
The Palliative Care Unit (PCU) has 15 beds to provide inpatient palliative care. The female wing has 6 beds, the male wing has 7 beds and isolation room has 2 beds. The services provided are available 24 hours & manned by staff in 3 shifts. For inpatient services alone there are 10 Staff Nurses and 7 attendants. The services are used by more and more patients and for the year 2006, there were 359 admissions.

c) Home Care
Patients who stay in Ipoh but are not able to come to hospital for various reasons, the staff visit them about once a week. During year 2006, there were 40 patients who were given home care. Two staff makes the home visits on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. In addition to providing advice to patients and their carers, these nurses do dressings, change catheters and tubings, check on compliance to treatment etc.


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