Palliative Care Unit
B6/6, UW Hospital and Clinics
Patients are referred to Palliative Care by their attending physicians. The Palliative Care Unit accepts patients from clinic, the emergency room, or on transfer from another unit.
The Palliative Care Unit located at UW Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin is focused on treating the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families. We provide expert multidisciplinary care to relieve physical, emotional and psychological symptoms in patients with advanced disease.
Palliative care staff typically work along side the primary care team to help patients develop a comprehensive plan for care as a disease advances, assisting with decision making for treatment options, managing symptoms and providing emotional support.
“The palliative care unit will help integrate the passage from treatment through other stages of care,” says James Cleary, MD, a UW Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center specialist in palliative care. “It will prevent and relieve suffering, and improve the quality of life for patients with serious illnesses.”
The Palliative Care Unit offers:
- 10 beds dedicated to patients with acute palliative care needs
- Access to patients of any medical service after a Palliative consult
- Options for patients to be transferred to the PCU or admitted directly
- A multidisciplinary approach to symptom management
- Patient privacy with open visiting hours
- Family support and resources
- A quiet, soothing atmosphere
- Collaborative team philosophy of care
The Palliative Care Unit is open to patients of any medical service after a Palliative Care consult. Patients are referred to Palliative Care by their attending physicians. The unit accepts patients from clinics, the emergency room, or as transfers from other units.