Peter works with HammondCare’s community palliative care team, alongside his role at Mona Vale Hospital to help ensure the smooth transition.
Over the past year, the unit has admitted 47 per cent of its patients directly from their homes into the unit, which is a significantly higher rate than the Australian average of other inpatient palliative care services sitting at 12.9 per cent.
Peter said the high number of community admissions are a testament to the collaborative relationships the unit has developed, alongside the multidisciplinary approach.
“The unit has collaborated so strongly with HammondCare, as well as the Northern Beaches Hospital to help make access to the unit as seamless as possible,” he said.
“Another reason we are able to do the work we do is because of the multidisciplinary team within the unit: allied health, nursing, medical, pastoral care, ward clerk, cleaners - the amazing care that happens is because of this teamwork.”
Alongside making patients’ lives easier whilst in their care, Peter said the unit has also helped many patients leave a lasting legacy.