Patient referral scenarios and resources

What type of palliative care service will most meet your patient’s needs?

Your patient has a life-limiting illness

Scenario 1

Your patient has a life-limiting illness and has ongoing progressive disease with symptoms that require monitoring and/or needs support at home.

Scenario 2

Your patient has a life-limiting illness and has pain and/or other symptoms that are not adequately managed and needs specialist assessment (within a couple of weeks) and a management plan that you can then maintain.

Scenario 3

Your patient has a life-limiting illness and has severe acute pain and/or other symptoms not responding to the medications prescribed and needs admission to an inpatient facility for a specialist assessment and admission.

Scenario 4 

Your patient has a life-limiting illness and has sever, acute back pain and neurological signs suspicious of spinal cord compression.

  • Call ambulance and send to tertiary hospital emergency department
Your residential care facility needs assistance

Scenario 1

Your patient lives in a residential care facility and the patient/family or care facility needs assistance with information, symptom management and advice regarding ongoing care needs and planning.

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WA Cancer and Palliative Care Network