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Patients with liver failure will have the support of an integrated team thanks to a new model of care from the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Hepatology Clinic.
The new initiative aims to educate patients to be able to monitor and manage the common symptoms of liver failure from their own home with a clinical nurse, pharmacist, dietician and doctor available through both phone consultations and appointments at PAH’s Burke St Clinic.
Hepatology Clinical Nurse Coordinator, Penny Wright, said the program is designed to empower patients who have liver disease which no longer responds to treatment to understand and manage their condition better.
“Liver patients tend to require care for common problems such as drains that bring them back and forth from hospital Emergency Departments.
“Through this program, we educate patients to be aware of the common symptoms, monitor them with the help of our nurse over the phone or in clinic, so they can manage them better in the comfort of their home whenever possible,” she said.
“We want to keep these patients well and in the community for as long as possible and avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency so engaging them in their own care and creating an alternative support process is a big part of achieving that,” she said.
The Hepatology Clinic at Burke St is actively employing this model of care from August with nurses prepped and ready to help patients ‘liver their best lives’.