Paedspal Cape Town runs a Paediatric Palliative Care Out Patient Unit (POPU) as well as a Chronic Paediatric Pain Clinic within Rondebosch Medical Centre (RMC). This clinic is situated on the third floor in Stonefountain Terrace which is the annex adjoining RMC.
We see any child from the age of 0-18 years with a life limiting or life threatening condition as well as children with chronic pain disorders. Public patients are seen pro-bono and the medical aids of private patients are billed.
The folowing professionals run the multi-disciplinary clinic:
- Paediatric Palliative Care Doctors (Paediatricians and Medical Officer)
- Family Counsellor
- Occupational Therapist
- Consultants called in on a needs basis: art therapy, psychology/psychiatry, clergy
The clinic operates on an elective referral based appointment system. All patients seen at the POPU need to be referred by a health care professional from either the public or private sector. A POPU referral form needs to be completed by the child’s doctor.
The POPU is not designed to deal with emergencies on a regular basis and all patients should go to their nearest hospital or clinic in the event of an emergency. The POPU is not a children’s hospice and does not provide in-patient care. Patients will be referred to hospitals or other health care facilities for in-patient care.
Appointments in the centre are designed to add extra support to patients and families of children with life-limiting conditions and do not replace regular follow up arrangements with usual /primary care providers. Paedspal will make contact with, and work in partnership with the referring doctor to ensure the best possible quality of life for the child. Once patients have had an initial assessment, follow up arrangements will be made on an individual needs basis.
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY CLINIC DAYS:
Tuesdays: 09h00 – 13h00: Palliative care patients
Thursdays: 14h00- 17h00:
Week 1: Palliative Care Clinic
Week 2: Chronic Pain Patients
Week 3: Individual bereavement sessions
Week 4: Group bereavement support
COUNSELLING AND SUPPORT GROUPS, OT & AROMATHERAPY:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment.