Summary Writer: Emily Nash
Editor: Bridget Johnson
Interviewee: Bridget Johnson
James talks to Bridget Johnson about palliative care. Palliative care helps people with a life-limiting illness to live their life as fully and comfortably as possible, by identifying and treating symptoms, which may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social.
Bridget Johnson is a Palliative Care physician who enjoys working in a teaching hospital and palliative care unit in Sydney. Bridget completed her Bachelor of Medicine in 2003 at the University of Newcastle and was a physician trainee at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She completed her palliative care advanced training in 2013 and since then has worked as a palliative care staff specialist. Bridget is currently on maternity leave and enjoys flying kites with her two sons and riding the wave of sleep deprivation with her young daughter.
With Dr Bridget Johnson, Palliative Care Consultant in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Palliative care helps people with a life-limiting illness to live their life as fully and comfortably as possible, by identifying and treating symptoms, which may be physical, emotional, spiritual or social.
Case – You are a junior doctor on the Geriatrics ward and asked to review a patient with a reduced level of consciousness. The patient is an 85 year old man who was admitted 5 days ago from a nursing home following an extensive acute stroke. He has significant co-morbidities including ischaemic heart disease, atrial fibrillation, COPD and chronic renal failure. The nurse has been handed over that he has an Advanced Care Directive, but can’t find it in the notes.
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