22. 1. 2021

The First Clinic of Palliative Medicine in the Czech Republic has the General Hospital and the First Medical Faculty of Charles University

Ten to twelve interventions a day are performed by doctors, psychologists and other experts from the team of the newly created unique workplace at the General Hospital in Prague. The Department of Palliative Medicine continuously cares for about 30 patients with serious illness in various stages of the disease, to whom it helps treatment, alleviation of symptoms at VFN clinics, and provides them and their loved ones with psychosocial and spiritual support.

"We are glad that we have succeeded in what we have been striving for for several years. To build an independent clinic from the Center for Supportive and Palliative Care, which has been working perfectly in our hospital for six years. This joint workplace of the General University Hospital and the 1st Faculty of Medicine helps to solve fundamental deeply human issues across all VFN clinics and at the same time becomes an important teaching and scientific workplace, "said the director of VFN prof. MUDr. David Feltl, Ph.D., MBA. The Palliative Clinic in Munich and other world workplaces in France and the USA became a model for the Department of Palliative Medicine, where members of the team of the new teaching clinic gained experience in internships. Patients with serious diseases at various stages of treatment are cared for by a permanent team of physicians specializing in palliative medicine from a number of different specialties (intensivist, anesthesiologist, hematologist, pulmonologist, general practitioner), psychologists, nurses, social and health workers, part of the team. she is also the chaplain of the General University Hospital. "Our work is currently carried out in two areas: in outpatient care, which serves primarily for patients who are being treated or long-term professionally monitored at the General Hospital, we also provide counseling care to patients hospitalized at our hospital's clinics," explains MUDr. MgA. Kateřina Rusinová, Ph.D., and adds: “From the beginning, we have been cooperating with the Department of Anesthesiology and Resuscitation, all four internal clinics, oncology and, significantly, also with surgical disciplines. We are currently a team that goes after our patients, but I believe it is a matter of a very short time when a palliative care unit with its own beds will be established in our hospital. "

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