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Palliative Medicine

Palliative care, also increasingly known as supportive care, is a holistic approach to caring for anyone diagnosed with a serious illness such as cancer, to allow them to live as well as they can, for as long as they can.

Having a serious illness can be overwhelming for both patients and their families. Supportive and palliative care looks at the impact of the illness on you and your loved ones, and addresses a broad range of issues by integrating your goals, values, preferences and specific needs into your care. Specifically, it strives to optimise your quality of life by:

  • Preventing and addressing any physical symptoms which may arise during this serious illness, including treatment side effects
  • Offering support and resources to help you and your loved ones deal with emotions which come inevitably with the diagnosis and treatment of the serious illness
  • Providing informative advice and resources to help with practical aspects of your care

Our Clinical Services

The SKH Palliative Medicine Service provides specialised consultative services to patients living with serious or life-threatening illness. Our team of physicians and specialty nurses are focused on improving the quality of life for patients and their families—providing relief from the symptoms, pain and stresses of a serious illness or treatment-related symptoms. 

Our team works closely with other clinical care teams to provide an additional layer of specialised support. We provide an inpatient consult service and specialist outpatient clinic service. In addition, we work closely with our community partners to ensure smooth transition of care from hospital to the community. 

The direct aspects of our care include:

  • Prevention and management of pain and other symptoms (e.g. shortness of breath, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, etc.) related to serious illness and its treatments
  • Patient and family/caregiver education
  • Emotional, psychological, and spiritual support
  • Care and discharge planning
  • End-of-life and bereavement care


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Conditions We Treat

  • Troublesome symptoms associated with advanced cancer and end-organ failure including cancer pain and breathlessness
  • Emotional disorders (eg. Anxiety and depression) in life-threatening illnesses
  • Care coordination and Assistance in transitioning to community hospice services
  • End-of-life care



Is Palliative Care Medicine right for my loved one?

If your loved ones need additional support as a result of a life-limiting illness, the Palliative Care team might be able to help. Serious illnesses include but are not limited to:

  • Cancer
  • Dementia
  • Heart disease
  • Respiratory disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease

What does the palliative care team do?

The Palliative care team consists of specialists who are able to provide relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. It is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with your other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. The goal is to improve your quality of life. To do this, the palliative care team will:

Can I have curative treatment together with palliative care?

Yes, absolutely. Your treatment choices are up to you. You can have palliative care at the same time as you are getting curative treatment.

Our Care Team

  • Ms Gan Pei Ying
  • Miss Saw Lip June
  • Miss Tou Li Chan