Who can refer a patient to the palliative care team?
Physicians can refer a patient by calling the Palliative Care office at (352) 291-5881; the office is open from 8-5, Monday-Friday.
If the patient is in a hospital, nursing home or assisted living center, physicians may write an order in the facility for a consult. Once a physician issues an order, our medical director and/or advanced practice nurse will promptly meet with the patient to determine the goals of care.
Our role is to assess the best management methods for pain and symptom control, which we recommend to the referring physician for follow-up.