Outpatient Clinics

 

Hospice Waikato runs an outpatient clinic service at its Hamilton site

What are Outpatient Clinics for?
At outpatient clinics, patients can be seen by a doctor and nurse for specialist assessment and management of symptoms and other problems. This can include a one to one appointment with a doctor, nurse practitioner, counsellor, social worker or other health professional.

At all times we work in collaboration with your GP and any other health professionals involved in your care and we will keep them informed of the outcome of these consultations. Our doctors are also available for telephone consultation with general practitioners, oncologists and other specialists.

Outpatient Clinic appointments are usually for an introduction to Hospice services, symptom assessment and management, follow up reviews and/or discussion about social and emotional concerns.

Some of the topics that can be discussed include:

­• Pain assessment and treatment
­­• Symptom control
­• Review of medical situation
­• Advice on treatment planning
­• Nutritional advice
­• Advance Care Planning
­• Social and financial concerns
­• Introduction to the day programme
­• Admission to Hospice Inpatient Unit if necessary

How do I get Outpatient Clinic appointment?
Clinic appointments are usually requested by a GP or other health professionals involved in your care.

Our outpatient clinic also provides some same day procedures, such as pamidronate infusions and ascites drainage, as well as lymphoedema assessment and management.

The Outpatient clinics usually run Monday, Tuesday and Friday between 10:00am and 3:00pm.