Hartford Hospital’s Palliative Medicine Consult Service offers the following services:
Expert management of pain and other physical and emotional symptoms
Emotional and spiritual support for you and your loved ones
Education for you about illnesses and treatment options
Help with clarifying goals of care and making choices about medical care, now or in the future
Communication of your needs and goals of care to your medical team
Assistance with advance care planning (living wills)
Care for you and your family through the course of your hospital stay and over multiple hospitalizations
A choice of community agencies to continue the plan of care that may include hospice care after discharge
Palliative Medicine FAQs
Can I benefit from Palliative Medicine? You can if:
- You’ve been diagnosed with a serious illness
- You have uncontrolled pain or other physical, emotional or spiritual symptoms
- You or your family need help with decisions about medical care
- You or your family need support to cope with your illness
- You are facing high-risk medical or surgical interventions
How does the Palliative Medicine Consult Service work with my physicians?
The Palliative Medicine Consult Service communicates regularly with your primary physician and other members of the medical team so that everyone understands the plan of care. We provide the team with information about your needs and preferences and establish a process for any further treatment decisions. We will follow you throughout the hospital stay and will see you automatically if you are readmitted.
Who pays for a Palliative Medicine consult?
Most insurance plans will cover our services. The PMCS also relies on philanthropic support to cover those services that are not reimbursed by insurance.
How do I get a Palliative Medicine consult?
All consults require an order from the attending physician. Review how you or your loved one may benefit from a consult. Feel free to ask your health care team and then ask your doctor to request a Palliative Medicine consult. Palliative Medicine can be provided along with aggressive, curative medical care and offers the possibility of healing when cure may not be possible.