Dr Sylvia Rodrigues has a special interest in Palliative care and during our #HospiceVisits coverage of Stepping Stone Hospice she shed some light on her personal experience with hospice and palliative care.
1. Tell us abit about yourself?
They have emotions, feelings, beliefs, family, friends and a community, all of which are important when facing a life limiting illness.
2. In your opinion, what is Palliative care and how can it help someone?
3. What is the role you play as a doctor once a patient has been referred to the Palliative care team?
5. In your opinion, how can access to Palliative care services be improved for everyone regardless of where they are in South Africa?
Palliative care is about care; this can be implemented anywhere in South Africa where there is basic health care and a willing community. A greater awareness and education about the principles of palliative care will go a long way to destigmatize palliative and the associated hospice care. Often cultural and social stigma about hospice care being only about death and dying, are obstacles to early access and support from services that are already available in some communities.