The centre "Abteilung Palliativmedizin der HSK" (the Department of Palliative Medicine HSK) was founded in 2005 as specialist palliative care service within the setting of the HELIOS Dr. Horst Schmidt Kliniken, the major acute care hospital in Wiesbaden. The Department of Palliative Medicine is part of the Centre for Haematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care. The 10 bed inpatient unit opened in January 2006 and ambulant support services started in July 2006.
The multi-professional team of the department consists of palliative care physicians and nurses, a physiotherapist, a psychologist, a case manager, a chaplain and administrative support.
All members participate in continuous education in palliative care and many of them are active members of the German Society of Palliative Medicine (DGP).
The department hosted the 2007 Congress of the DGP in Wiesbaden.
The centre offers consultancy service to all patients within the hospital including a 24 hour on-call availability of palliative care specialists. Within the oncology day clinic a symptom control clinic is held regularly. The palliative care ward offers specialised, inpatient palliative care for up to 10 patients. An outpatient service offers 24/7 care in the outpatient setting in close cooperation with general practitioners, community nursing services and hospice services.
Quality assurance programmes are in place and participation in clinical trials and other palliative care research is carried out by members of the department.
Members of the department are actively involved in palliative care training of professionals.
Ongoing follow up of bereaved relatives and friends is provided.