Palliative Care Department
“When you learn how to die, you learn how to live”. As one approaches the journey of life into death, professional support and advice in the last few months can be most beneficial for patient and family alike. The Palliative Care Department offers this support to those who are are expected to die within six to 12 months. This is for both young and old, facing illnesses like cancer, organ failure and HIV/AIDS.
The unique ‘Abundant Life’ programme at Victoria Hospital is a training and support group guiding patients in enriching their time with their families, as well as building support groups for the patients. Practical advice in respect of patients’ administrative affairs, such as wills, is also provided. The programme was developed by Dr. Lindi van Niekerk and is now lead by Dr. Clint Cupido and Sister Elizabeth Pitout.