My experience of palliative care
- By: Bindu Praveen
Another day in another place as a junior doctor: this was my rather bleak view when I started as a foundation doctor in palliative medicine. On my first day I was greeted by the team, who explained their working pattern. As a hospital based liaison service, the patients were referred for their complex problems. Then one team member would visit the patient, assess, and give recommendations. It was a new experience not having a ward to look after, and initially I followed the specialist nurses in their visits to wards. I remember most, if not all, of my patients.
Often their physical health was lacking, but recognising them as individuals and tackling the problems that mattered to them most was the main role of the team. Often this involved detailed discussion with clinicians, family members, and the patient, to ensure that everything was proceeding in the way least disruptive to