Palliative Medicine is a multidisciplinary approach to specialized medical care for people with life-limiting illnesses. It focuses on providing people with relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of the terminal diagnosis. The goal of such therapy is to improve quality of life for both the person and their family.
Palliative care was established at St. John's as a unit of anaesthesia in the year 2000 , by the then Dean Dr. Mary Ollapally. The unit was situated in the daycare area, with outpatient and day care facility. In the year 2008 , the unit was converted into a department and inpatient admissions were started under the department of Palliative Medicine in the year 2010. Community service through weekly visits to Snehadaan at Karmalarem, was initiated in the year 2008. The department moved to the present location in Oncology block in 2013.
Currently we provide outpatient, day care and inpatient facilities. Lymphoedema clinic is being run in our outpatient department.