Pediatric Palliative Care

Interdisciplinary palliative care consultations are available on all inpatient adult services at UNC Hospitals. Consultations are also available to adult outpatients with cancer in the Oncology Clinics at UNC through the Supportive Care Consultation Service. Consults provide input from trained physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and pharmacists.

The Pediatric Palliative Care Service consists of the Children's Supportive Care Team and the NC Children's Hospital Pediatric Palliative Care Committee.

Palliative care for children is focused on relieving suffering and improving quality of life.

The Children's Supportive Care Team is designed to aid children with serious illness and their families with the following:

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Complex decision-making
  • Parent and sibling support
  • End of life planning
  • Bereavement care for families

Consults are available on all inpatient pediatric services.  To request a consult, please call the hospital operator at (919) 966-4131 and ask to page the Children's Supportive Care Team.

For more information, email the Children's Supportive Care Team at cscareteam@unc.edu.

 

The NC Children's Hospital Pediatric Palliative Care Committee is an interdisciplinary committee established to provide education for patients, families, and staff and to develop a clinical service.  Our vision is to lead the provision of family centered palliative care, to teach the practices and principles of palliative care based on compassion and research, and to demonstrate a model of care that is interdisciplinary and addresses the physical, spiritual, developmental, and emotional needs of children and their families.  The committee chair can be reached at ppccommittee@unc.edu.