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Palliative Medicine

Triage criteria and referral process for physicians

Triage category Examples
(not all inclusive)
Process Minimum required information
Urgent Consultation with Palliative Care Service

Pain/symptoms > 5/10 in severity

Patient/family could benefit from more intensive support at end of life, when death is imminent (< 7 days)

At the discretion of the referring health professional (requires contact with Palliative Care physician or nurse)

FAX referral

AND

PHONE Palliative Care team member

  • Patient Name
  • Health Card Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Patient Address
  • Patient Phone Number
  • Diagnosis
  • Reason for Referral
  • Referring health professional contact information
Non-Urgent Enrollment in Palliative Care Service Patient’s illness is such that death within twelve months would not be surprising,
AND
Patient’s primary physician agrees with referral and will actively participate in care,
AND
One or more of the following apply:
  1. Patient/family could benefit from home care services
  2. Patient could benefit from assessment and management of pain or other symptoms
  3. Patient/family could benefit from psychosocial or spiritual support to enhance their ability to cope with the illness
  4. Patient/family could benefit from assistance with decision-making regarding goals or treatments
  5. Patient requires end-of-life care

FAX referral

AND

PHONE Palliative Care team member

  • Patient Name
  • Health Card Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Patient Address
  • Patient Phone Number
  • Diagnosis
  • Reason for Referral
  • Referring health professional contact information

 

Contact information

  Palliative Care Unit – 7A VG Site
Phone 902-473-3119
Fax 902-473-3103
Location 7A Centennial Building, VG Site
Palliative Medicine Specialists View list of physicians

 

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