Palliative Care

The World Health Organization defines Palliative Care to be an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life-limiting illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering, the early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

Admission Criteria:

  • Patients resides in the area Tygerberg Hospice serves
  • Diagnosed with Cancer or HIV
  • Care is home based
  • Signed consent from patient
  • Referring doctor’s name and contact details
  • Contact details of next of kin/responsible adult
  • Both the medical and patient referral must be completed before admission

Referral of Patients:

The Care Team provides care to all the patients referred to the Hospice for Palliative Care in line with admission criteria and screening tests done.

The official referral forms are completed as follows:

  • Section one by the patient, relatives and/or a social worker and Section two by the doctor.
  • Patients give their consent to be referred knowing the full extent and advanced status of the disease.

Palliative Care Services:

  • The members of the Interdisciplinary Team provide care which is carefully recorded in the patient’s care file.
  • Confidentiality is maintained at all times and the patient and family are included in decision making.
  • The family may receive Bereavement Support at an appropriate time if that is their choice.
  • The Palliative Care Manager takes responsibility for co-ordinating the activities of the Palliative Care Department in line with the indicated Policies and Procedures.
  • There is a Palliative Day Care facility available.
Contact Details:

Sr. Denise Sago (Palliative Care Sister) –
Belinda Pretorius (Social Worker) –

The emergency number for EXISTING Palliative Care Patients on public holidays and weekends only is 073 116 3552

Patient Emergencies:

Private patients contact their own doctor
State patients contact a Community Health Centre