Comprehensive palliative care in Richmond

Chippenham Hospital provides a specially trained team of physicians, nurses and other specialists who work together to provide our patients comprehensive palliative care. We focus on relieving pain, symptoms and stress provoked by serious illnesses. We aim to improve the overall quality of life for both the patient and his or her family.

Our palliative care team takes the time to talk to you and learn about your personal goals, so we can provide treatment options best suited to your needs. We use a multidisciplinary approach to palliative care, which ensures all your doctors and providers are aware of your health goals. This provides our patients with more overall control of their treatment plan.

To learn more about our palliative care program, contact our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (804) 320-3627.

What is palliative care?

Palliative care provides patients relief from pain of a serious illness, regardless of the stage or diagnosis of the disease. In conjunction with treatments ordered by a patient's doctor, palliative care can be provided at any age, for any serious illness and alongside curative treatment.

General symptoms that our palliative care team strives to improve include:

  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain
  • Trouble sleeping

Conditions we treat

Palliative care is beneficial for numerous illnesses affecting children and adults. Some include:

  • Blood and bone marrow disorders
  • Cancer
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Dementia
  • End-stage liver disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Lung disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke

How to prepare

To prepare for your first consultation appointment, we advise you to bring the following:

  • A friend and family member
  • Any advance directives and living wills
  • A list of supplements and medications you use
  • A list of symptoms you are experiencing

This information helps our team tailor your palliative care plan to what matters most to you and provide recommendations for certain programs and resources that will benefit your individual needs. We are here to answer any questions you may about your treatment options and to help you make decisions in line with your personal goals and values.