At Southampton Hospital, we are dedicated to providing specialized
care to patients facing serious illness. Our
philosophy encompasses all aspects of the patient’s experience. The focus
of our palliative care service is to reduce the severity of disease
symptoms and the goal is to relieve suffering and improve quality of life.
Palliative care includes prevention,
identification, and treatment of suffering through assessment of the physical,
psychosocial, intellectual, and spiritual needs of the patient. The goal is to
support and optimize the patient’s quality of life. Palliative care
ensures a partnership between practitioner, patient, and family.
Many confuse palliative care with hospice care. Our service is appropriate
for any stage of a serious illness, while hospice is for those at the end of
life. Southampton Hospital’s
palliative care team works with your doctors to increase comfort and address
your psychological and spiritual needs.
When is the right time for palliative
Although it is best introduced in the early stage of a serious illness,
palliative care is helpful at any point in a patient’s illness. It is provided along
with clinical treatments.
What can I expect?
Pain and symptom control: The
palliative care team will identify sources of pain and discomfort,
including problems with breathing, fatigue, depression, insomnia, or bowel
and bladder. Massage therapy and relaxation techniques are among the treatments
that can provide relief.
coordination: Great emphasis is placed on communication
between patients, families and physicians in order to ensure each
patient’s needs are fully met. Together, we establish goals, aid in
decision-making, and provide seamless coordination of care.
Emotional support: Palliative
care focuses on the entire person, not just the illness. The team addresses
each patient’s social, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs.
The Southampton Hospital
Our team includes doctors, nurses, social workers,
and chaplains specializing in palliative care. Massage therapists, pharmacists,
nutritionists, acupuncturists, and others may also play a role. All caregivers
work closely with a patient’s primary physician.
information, please call (631) 726-3200 or email us at
Lucia’s Room is a beautiful, private room for patients going
through difficult surgeries, palliative care and/or end-of-life services. The
project is funded by Lucia’s Angels, a nonprofit foundation committed to
helping women in late-stage women’s cancer and their families. Unique features of the room include a computer work station, Bose music system,
46” flat screen TV, a day bed for overnight guests, and a large closet for
patient and visitor coats, clothing and belongings, as well as attractive
shelving for displaying flowers, cards and mementos from friends and family.