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St. Hedwig Krankenhaus Berlin, Integratives Zentrum für Hämatologie, Onkologie und Palliative Care

History

The Department of Haematology and Medical Oncology has existed for more than forty years.  It belongs to the Catholic "St. Hedwig Krankenhaus“, which has been situated in the Middle of Berlin for more than 170 years. That means amongst others, that the hospital was always incorporated in a multicultural and multireligious environment.

In 2013 the Department moved into a newly constructed building, which meets the requirements of a modern and comfortable medical setting. and in 2014 the department was completed by the opening of an adjacent  "Palliative Care Unit“.

Profile   

The inpatient department comprises of 20 hematologic/oncologic and 7 palliative beds in one or double bedrooms. 

There is a close cooperation with the outpatient health care center "Poliklinik Große Hamburger Straße", which is run by members of the Department. Moreover, the department is part of the tightly woven, ambulatory and stationary palliative network in Berlin, which comprises the complete range of palliative care services.  

Our staff form a multi-professional and multi-perspective team with most equally trained and certificated in Hematology/Oncology as well as in Palliative Care Medicine. This ensures an optimal structure and personnel interrelationship between the sectors as the foundations and basis of reliable continuity of care.

The department profile matches our leading philosophy not to leave our patients alone in their loneliness when facing all phases of their disease and mortality. 

Specialties

Most of our patients have malignancies, especially cancer of the lung, of the gastrointestinal and urogenital tract and malignancies of blood cells. In particular, we care for neurological, cardiological, pneumological, nephrological and dementia patients.

All medical procedures for controlling symptoms are available which means that beyond the team interdisciplinarity plays an important role in symptom control. 

Palliative and supportive care

The criteria for inpatient admission are:

  • advanced and proceeding uncurable disease
  • limited life expectancy
  • poorly or uncontrolled symptoms

Beyond the medical the cause- or symptom-orientated efforts of relief, all patients are systematically screened in regards to medical, nursing, psychological, social and/or existential support. If there is an actual or prospective need we offer corresponding interventions. Through or problem-focused and supportive character of our care we consider the inclusion of the patient’s environment with the inclusion of religious community as a requirement for sustainable relief.

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