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Hong Kong East Cluster of Hospital Authority and Hong Kong Cancer Fund Open Integrated Palliative Day Care Centre at Tang Shiu Kin Hospital

Hong Kong East Cluster of Hospital Authority and Hong Kong Cancer Fund Open Integrated Palliative Day Care Centre at Tang Shiu Kin Hospital

Source: Hong Kong Cancer Fund Date: Monday, 13 November 2006
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Hong Kong East Cluster of Hospital Authority and Hong Kong Cancer Fund Open Integrated Palliative Day Care Centre at Tang Shiu Kin Hospital

A pioneering collaboration with an innovative approach to caring for patients with advanced stage cancers

Nov 14, 2006, Hong Kong ¡V Hong Kong East Cluster of the Hospital Authority and Hong Kong Cancer Fund are pleased to announce the opening of the Integrated Palliative Day Care Centre (IPDACC) at Tang Shiu Kin Hospital. The pioneering project aims to provide a complete spectrum of medical and psychosocial services to meet the specific needs of patients who are dealing with late stage cancers, as well as assisting their families and carers with an overall aim of improving patients¡¦ quality of life.

The IPDACC will be jointly managed by clinical oncologists, palliative physicians, nursing staff and professionals from allied health disciplines. The Centre will provide medical treatment as well as incorporating educational programmes, Traditional Chinese medicine and alternative therapies. By offering such a broad base of services, the centre aims to meet the physical, rehabilitative, psychosocial and spiritual requirements of patients during the late stages of their illness. The IPDACC service is provided by the Department of Clinical Oncology, Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital and the Palliative Care Unit at the Ruttonjee and Tang Shiu Kin Hospitals, with sponsorship support from Hong Kong Cancer Fund.

Dr Loretta Yam, Cluster Chief Executive of Hong Kong East Cluster (HKEC), commented ¡§The launching of the Integrated Palliative Day Care Centre (IPDACC) at Tang Shui Kin Hospital is a milestone in HKEC¡¦s strategic development in ambulatory and community service. I am confident that this pilot collaboration between HKEC and our community partner Hong Kong Cancer Fund will achieve the best continuum of care for patients with incurable cancers. We all want to have mattered, to count together and make a difference that we lived at all.¡¨

Dr Anne Lee, Chief of Service at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital said, ¡§We hope the Centre will be an exemplary model of integrated multi-disciplinary services. We want to empower the patients and their relatives to attain the most positive quality of life possible and our ultimate goal is to provide the best holistic care for patients. When days cannot be added to life, we can add life to days.¡¨

¡§Palliative care is an important part of the cancer journey and it warrants very special attention,¡¨ remarked Sally Lo, Chairman of Hong Kong Cancer Fund. ¡§We are delighted to be a partner in this project and to have the opportunity to expand palliative services for our community. It is essential that we ensure those who are in the advanced stages of cancer are given the opportunity to experience recreational activities and, crucially, to live and feel like a normal person again.¡¨

Apart from providing clinical services, the Centre also provides day care for patients so that their families can take a break from the daily routine of caregiving. Patients can enjoy various complementary therapies such as music therapy, aromatherapy, massage and Qigong as well as health talks and rehabilitative techniques in a comfortable environment in the company of healthcare professionals and voluntary workers.

Dr Rebecca Yeung, Senior Medical Officer from Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital and Dr. K.S. Lau, Senior Medical Officer from Ruttonjee Hospital recently conducted a survey among late stage cancer patients to assess the prevalence of mood disorders and the impact on patients¡¦ quality of life. Dr Yeung commented, ¡§The results clearly indicated that as well as dealing with a variety of physical symptoms patients also found that their own emotional health was impacted and added to their difficulties. Many patients also stated that managing their relatives¡¦ emotions was challenging. I believe that this pioneering Centre is opening at the right time to serve the needs of the Hong Kong community.¡¨

Dr Yam concurred with this, ¡§The opening of this centre marks an important step forward in the development of cancer care services within the Hospital Authority network, and we are confident that this groundbreaking project will prove to be a rewarding experience for its users. I also wish to thank our community partner, the Hong Kong Cancer Fund, for their tireless dedication to improving the quality of cancer care in Hong Kong.¡¨

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About Hong Kong Cancer Fund
The Hong Kong Cancer Fund was established in 1987 to provide support and information to people living with cancer. The HKCF aims to reduce the impact of cancer, increase cancer awareness, and ensure, through information, empowerment and peer support, that no one faces cancer alone.