A new website designed to improve access to information about palliative care was launched on Wednesday, July 16 at Bannerman's Pharmacy in Saracen Street by Health Minister Malcolm Chisholm.
The website (www.palliativecareglasgow.info), which has been created by the Glasgow Palliative Care Information Network, aims to inform patients about the range of palliative care services available in the city. The site includes information on services in and around Glasgow as well as links to reliable sources of information that can help patients understand their illness, including treatment and the role of staff including hospice staff, palliative care teams, district nurses and other professionals.
By providing clear, straightforward and up-to-date information about palliative care, the Network hopes to reduce patient anxiety.
Professionals are also able to access the site, which features up to date information on guidelines, treatments and further sources of information.
The Network has established a number of public access sites throughout the city in locations such as health centres, pharmacies, hospices and GP practices – including Bannerman's Pharmacy in Saracen Street – to make the site more widely available in locations people frequently visit.
The launch of the website is a key part of the team's work, and aims to improve access to information about palliative care, dispel some of the associated myths and improve access to services by raising their profile and informing more people about them. The work of the Network has been funded by the New Opportunities Fund.
John Sweeney, Project Manager, Glasgow Palliative Care Information Network, said: "The aim of the site is to provide useful information in a way that is easily accessible. Many people use the internet to source health information, but by creating one website with links to reputable sources of information, patients are assured that they are getting access to reliable, accurate and local information – when they want it."
Malcolm Chisholm, Minister for Health and Community Care, said: "I wholeheartedly applaud this initiative. The Executive is committed to making sure patients get access to all the information they might need about their condition and support available to them. This initiative will also support the Executive's policy that palliative care should be available to all those who need it. It has traditionally been associated with cancer, but the palliative care approach is essential for a range of other conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease and end-stage heart failure."
The term palliative care describes aspects of patient care which look to support patients and their carers and families with the impact of their illness and their symptoms.
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