Palliative care unit is Murcia’s leading reference centre

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CARE UNIT: Murcia leads way in palliative care for children.

AN average of 40 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in the Murcia Region.

The figures were released as the Minister of Health, Encarna Guillen, praised the work of the Paediatric Palliative Care Unit of the University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca, during a meeting with the Association of Relatives of Children with Cancer Murcia (Afacmur).

Guillen said with around 40 cases of childhood cancer each year, a figure “very similar” to the national average, Afacmur and the health workers “played a key role in the care of these children and their families.” He added: “Partnerships like this, involved in work to improve the lives of these children, are absolutely essential to achieving the goal together.” 

The minister met with the associations to sign the extension of the collaboration agreement, with the aim of improving the quality of health care provided to this group of patients and their families from the Murcia Health Service.

Murcia’s Ministry of Health created the ‘Paediatric Palliative Care Program’ at the Virgen de la Arrixaca hospital in 2013, and is a reference centre in this field for the entire region. It treats terminally ill children and helps them and their families receive care in their home. In 2015 more than 20 children and their families were assisted in the Paediatric Palliative Care Unit.

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