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The set up of Palliative Care Centre for Excellence in Research and Education with a trio collaboration between National Healthcare Group (NHG), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Dover Park Hospice (DPH) has been announced earlier this October. The Palliative Care Centre will be focusing on the research and education aspects of non-cancer patients who are suffering in their end-stage organ diseases including failure. This includes developing more of more effective tools for predicting lifespans as well as to understand their living needs.

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Source: Dover Park Hospice

Patients suffering from end-organ diseases experience declining health interspersed with brief periods of stability, making their prognosis difficult to predict. Not only does this potentially limit their access to palliative care but for patients and families, this unpredictability also makes the end of life journey even more stressful,said Dr. Allyn Hum, Director of PalC and Senior Consultant at the Palliative Care Department, TTSH. “The Centre aims to address this knowledge gap by facilitating research and education to provide evidence-based practical applications for healthcare providers, and to improve the provision of disease-specific, needs-based palliative care for patients and their caregivers.” 

NHG, NTU and Dover Park Hospice had signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the 12 of October with a commitment to develop research and education in areas of non-cancer-related chronic diseases with the intention of launching the new centre which will be officially launched in the 3rd quarter next year.

The training and educational programmes will include better-equipping current and future generations of healthcare professionals and volunteers namely the doctors, nurses, social workers and more, with the skills to help patients live their final days with dignity.

The end of life is an inevitable part of our lives yet many are unprepared when it comes,said Mr. Timothy Liu, CEO, DPH. “We believe this collaboration will further research into care models, particularly in the community and enhance training for healthcare professionals, caregivers and volunteers, and better enable them with the knowledge and skills on end-of-life care and options to support families with loved ones who wish to spend their last days at home whenever possible.