Glengarry Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is a philosophy of care for people of all ages who have a life-limiting illness with no prospect of cure.  The Palliative approach aims to improve the quality of a person’s life while recognising the needs of family & friends.  Through our  holistic approach, we aim to address the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their families.

At Sandalwood we care and support people with cancer including leukaemia. We also care for people with other, non-malignant terminal illnesses, including motor-neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, end-stage respiratory, heart and kidney disease, end stage Parkinson’s disease or dementia.

Can I still have active treatment for my illness?

Yes - the focus of care is maintaining quality of life and meeting the needs of the person, their family and carers by providing much needed choice concerning the location/ setting in which they receive care.

The patient is an important partner in the planning of their care and managing their condition. Family and carers also have an important role in this area. When people are well informed, participate in treatment decisions and share open communication with their palliative care team, care can be as effective as possible.

Sandalwood Palliative Care Unit

Sandalwood is a specialised palliative care facility at Glengarry Private Hospital. It has 10 private rooms with en-suite facilities. Pathology and radiological services are readily accessible on site.

Sandalwood closely liaises with community Silver Chain Hospice Care, referring to this service for continued support at home. The goal of both services is smooth care transition within a familiar & supportive environment.

Features include

  • Welcoming and home like environment
  • Two relaxing lounges, one with kitchen facilities
  • Community location
  • Walking distance to shops, post office & florist
  • Child friendly environment
  • Pet therapy
  • Free parking facilities
  • Garden & courtyard for patients & families
  • Your own pets welcome to visit, by arrangement
  • Unrestricted visiting

The Sandalwood Team

Many health professionals may be involved in delivering care, working as an interdisciplinary team.  Our care team includes;

  • Specialist palliative care doctors and nurses
  • General practitioners
  • Allied health professionals—pharmacists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists
  • Social workers
  • Grief and bereavement counsellors
  • Pastoral care worker
  • Volunteers

Bereavement Support Program

Our comprehensive service is designed to support families during your stay and also after discharge.  A bi-annual remembrance service is held to acknowledge and remember loved ones.


Medical referral is required for all admissions

Nursing referrals are accepted by designated palliative care providers

Enquires can be made by anyone including family and patient, by contacting the Clinical Nurse Consultant and Clinical Coordinator

We welcome visits to view the unit. Please contact the Clinical Nurse Consultant to arrange a convenient time

Admission may be arranged by contacting 9246 6395 or 9246 6390

Glengarry Private Hospital accommodates private insured, self insured or DVA patients

Palliative Care Service Contact Details

Clinical Nurse Consultant 9246 6395
Clinical Coordinator 9246 6347
Social Work 9246 6301
Booking Coordinator 9246 6390
Facsimile 9246 6398