Palliative Care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. Palliative Care can be received at home, in hospital, in an aged care facility or at hospice.

Te Whatu Ora South Canterbury has a Palliative Care Team consisting of Clinical Nurse Specialists, Social Worker and Doctor. This team works alongside your General Practice Team, Hospital Services, District Nursing, Aged Care Facilities, Hospice South Canterbury, Community Agencies, Family/Whanau, Friends and Spiritual Advisiors.

Services provided include:

  • Symptom assessment and support
  • Care at home
  • Telephone advice
  • Hospice South Canterbury in patient unit
  • Aged Care Facilities
  • Social Work Support
  • Whana Ora Service
  • Spiritual support and care
  • Bereavement care
  • Hospice Counsellor
  • Hospice Cottage Day Programme
  • Family support
  • Palliative Home Drug Kits
  • Advanced Care Planning
  • Ongoing education to patients and other health professionals

Woollcombe House
18 Woollcombe Street
Timaru, 7910

Contact Information

Phone: 03 687 2421
Fax: 03 687 2309

Referral Information

You can access our service by contacting the above number, or you can ask to be referred by your doctor or practice nurse, your hospital specialist or nurse.  We also accept referrals from other hospitals, other health professionals and government and community agencies.