Statistics indicate that every year throughout our region, about 2 000 new patients with oncological diseases require special palliative, and in some
It’s not a secret that even now, first, second, and often third-level institutions often refuse to help children with terminal oncological diseases, because of their professional and moral
The Regional Center of Palliative Care began its operations when one the Center’s buildings, belonging to another medical institution, was given to the “Cherkasy Regional Oncological Clinic”. On that building’s 200 square meter territory, efforts were made to provide the necessary conditions for the Center to be able to provide palliative and hospice care both for adults and children. According to the “Regional program of development of palliative care for the years 2015-2020”, which was confirmed by the Cherkasy Regional Council on 28.08.2015, planned funding of the Center was slated for a
The creation of the Regional Center of Palliative Care in a building that was not equipped for such a purpose raised many technical issues. In the beginning, the Center had equipment in rooms and places of common use. It also had floors without properly equipped barriers. It did not have powerful ventilation, nor did it have the equipment necessary to create sanitary rooms, such as ICU’s. Most importantly, the
Among many other first-priority goals is to alleviate the work of personnel that take care of patients that have mobility problems. This includes providing special mechanized beds with electric drive, special vehicles, etc. Plans also include the acquisition of oxygen concentrators for all patients that require oxygen support. Right now, two such machines are already operational at the Center.
There are also plans to create a mental health support network for patients and their families and also for the medical staff.
To provide personal and group psychological support for patients and their families requires professional psychologists, a great need that is absent in this medical institution. Currently, the Center counts on the support [for this work] from volunteer organizations and patients’ associations.
To provide for the legal, economic and spiritual needs of palliative care patients and their families, the Center plans to invite competent specialists to help with these specialized care needs. Plans are also
In the future, the Center plans to make available a phone “hotline” for medical staff that provide palliative-hospice care in this region, and space for visiting multidisciplinary teams that offer specialized assistance for palliative patients who receive medical treatment in other medical institutions or at home.
However, financing the Center is still a significant challenge. Buying specialized medical furniture and equipment requires serious financing, which has not been provided for in 2017. The
Despite the very real challenges it faces, The Regional Centre of Palliative
The administration of the Cherkasy regional council is hoping that by drawing the attention of the public and the media to the Center’s work, it would encourage local and regional stakeholders to support the financial needs of the Center. The Center’s openness for fellowship guarantees the transparent and targeted use of received material and non-material resources. Ultimately, by participating in the foundational creation of a palliative care system, which is unquestionably the apex of a developed and humane community, everyone could feel themselves being one step closer to a European Ukraine, which we are all building together.
Municipal institution – “Cherkasy regional oncological clinic”, Cherkasy regional council.
Mendeleyev str., 7, Cherkasy city, 18009, tel./fax: (0472) 37 01 23
Head doctor: Paramonov Victor Volodymirovich