St Vincent’s Palliative Care Inpatient Services are conveniently located across two inner Melbourne campuses – Caritas Christi Hospice in Kew, and the Palliative Care Unit in Fitzroy.
The Kew inpatient unit is called Caritas Christi Hospice and is located at 104 Studley Park Road. Patients may be transferred from inpatient units within St Vincent’s Hospital or other hospitals, or be admitted directly from home. Patients are admitted for varying reasons including symptom management, respite, restorative care, discharge planning and end of life care.
Caritas Christi Hospice has twenty-eight dedicated palliative care beds with sixteen single rooms and six double rooms. Every room has a television and free wireless internet connection is available upon request. Room allocation depends on each patient’s needs and as such patients may be required to move rooms during their stay.
Caritas Christi Hospice is surrounded by beautiful gardens and easily accessible courtyards for patients and families to enjoy. Kitchen facilities are provided to patients and families, as well as BBQ facilities in the rear garden overlooking the picturesque Yarra River.
The Caritas Christi Hospice team consists of two specialist physicians, a registrar, a junior doctor and nurses dedicated to caring for patients with palliative care needs. Together they provide 24 hour nursing and medical care.
The team also includes multi-disciplinary staff who are involved to varying degrees, as required by individual patients. These staff include social workers, pastoral care workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, specialist nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dieticians, podiatrists, art therapists, music therapists, massage therapists and hairdressers.
As St Vincent’s Hospital is a teaching hospital, Caritas Christi Hospice provides important learning opportunities for students from all vocations, including nursing, medicine and allied health. All students are supervised by an appropriate senior professional at all times.
Mass services are held twice weekly in a dedicated chapel where patients, families, carers and staff are welcome to attend.