What do we do?
Compassionate care for children experiencing health related suffering.
- Hospital-based care and support
- Advice on the control of pain and other symptoms
- Supportive counselling for children and families, including difficult decision making
- Home visits and assessments
- Advance care planning
- End of life care when needed
- Support through bereavement
- Teaching, training and mentoring of health care professionals and medical students.
Umduduzi treats children as people, not just as patients, and seeks to ensure that children with life-threatening or life-limiting conditions receive the best possible care and comfort.
Based at Clairwood Hospital the step-down unit aims to provide an environment where the quality of life of the chronically ill child is improved through better control of distressing symptoms and where death is inevitable this happens in comfort and with dignity. While the child is an in-patient we aim to control distressing symptoms and teach the child’s caregivers how to manage the child’s condition. This would allow the child to spend as much time in his/her home environment as possible. In addition to this the psycho-social needs of the caregivers will be attended to in the form of emotional support as well as bereavement counselling should the child die.
Play is an integral part of healing.
Palliative Care Clinic:
Umduduzi runs a weekly palliative care clinic at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. The aim is to provide ongoing support to children with health related suffering and their families. We also support their primary medical treating teams. Umduduzi cannot see every sick child in the province but can promote holistic care and support others to provide it.
In-Patient Palliative and Hospice Care:
Sadly, there is no dedicated Children’s Hospice in Durban although some units will admit the occasional child, while others will only admit adults. It is an Umduduzi dream to have such a facility one day.