oa Central African Journal of Medicine - What is Hospice care?

Volume 28, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



It has been my privilege, as visiting lecturer, to meet Island Hospice Service Workers in Zimbabwe. This new concept of Hospice care for people who are dying must be puzzling to doctors who have much experience of terminal care over many years. Its emergence may even make them feel threatened, as once did Paediatrics or Obstetrics. I can reassure them. Even in a sophisticated Hospice service like ours in London, with doctors, nurses, social workers and a physiotherapist on 24 hour call with ample nursing equipment and drugs and a decade of experience, there is no question of us displacing the patient's G.P. and district nurse.

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