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More palliative-care nurses looking after elderly in Singapore

Published on Dec 10, 2012 4:45 PM
 
Palliative care nurse, Ms Amy Lim, checks Mr Mahmood Salleh's health condition during one of her home visits. There are now 337 palliative care-trained nurses in the public health-care institutions here, and this number is rising steadily. -- TNP PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

There are now 337 palliative care-trained nurses in the public health-care institutions here, and this number is rising steadily.

Minister of State for Health, Dr Amy Khor, at the Tsao Foundation Experts Series 2012 at the Health Promotion Board auditorium on Monday, spoke of the importance of nurses in caring for dying patients.

Not only do they provide nursing care, but also counselling, emotional support, and the discussion of end of life issues, said Dr Khor.

At the forum, which discussed how nurses can lead the way in looking after palliative care patients in the community, results of Hua Mei Mobile Clinic's pilot palliative care programme for frail elderly in the community, was also shared.

 
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