Palliative care services are available from the time of diagnosis regardless of life expectancy or the intensity of a patient’s treatment indications.

Patients with a serious or life-limiting illness and their families can benefit from palliative care if they have one or more of the following:

  • Pain or other troublesome physical symptoms
  • Emotional, psychological, or spiritual suffering
  • Concerns about difficult treatment decisions
  • Coordination of care and treatments among doctors and nurses at all stages of an illness
  • Complex care needs that make it difficult leaving the hospital

Patients and families can request palliative care involvement by asking their attending physician.

Clinical staff in the UNC system can access palliative care in the following ways:

  • Inpatient Adult Palliative Care: Please page the Palliative Care Consult Adult Service via WebXchange
  • Outpatient Palliative Care: Please call 919-445-2430
  • Outpatient Oncology Palliative Care: Please call 919-445-2430
  • Pediatric Palliative Care: Please page the Children’s Supportive Care Team via WebXchange
  • Palliative Care at Home: Place a REACH referral order in EPIC or call 919-923-8013

Palliative medicine at UNC also provides medical support at UNC Hospice including patients who spend time in the SECU Jim and Betsy Bryan Hospice Home of UNC Health Care.