Comprehensive palliative care in Virginia

HCA Virginia hospitals provide a specially trained team of physicians, nurses and other specialists who work together to provide our patients comprehensive palliative care. We focus on relieving pain, symptoms and stress provoked by serious illnesses. It is our aim to improve the overall quality of life for our patients and their families.

For more information about our primary care services or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line.

Palliative care vs. hospice care

Palliative care provides patients relief from pain that is typically caused by a serious illness, regardless of the stage or diagnosis of the disease. Unlike hospice care, which is provided as end-of-life support, palliative care can be provided at any age, for any serious illness and alongside curative treatment.

Our palliative care teams take the time to talk to you and learn about your personal needs so they can provide the best treatment options. They use a multidisciplinary approach, which ensures all your doctors and caretakers are aware of your health goals. This provides you with more overall control of your treatment plan.

Who needs palliative care

Palliative care is beneficial for numerous illnesses affecting children and adults. Some include:

Symptoms that can be treated with palliative care

General symptoms that our palliative care team strives to improve include:

  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain
  • Trouble sleeping

How to prepare for palliative care

To prepare for your first consultation appointment, we advise you to bring the following:

  • A friend or family member who will help you take notes and understand what you will need as care proceeds
  • A list of supplements and medications, including prescriptions, you use
  • A list of symptoms you are experiencing
  • Any advance directives and living wills to file along with your paperwork

This information helps our team tailor your palliative care plan to what matters most to you. They can then provide recommendations for certain programs and resources that will benefit your individual needs.

We are here to answer any questions you may have about your treatment options. Throughout your care, we will remain committed to helping you make decisions in line with your personal goals and values while providing relief from your symptoms.