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Ganga Prem Hospice Services in Uttarakhand

1. Inpatient Facility for Patients with Advanced Cancer
2. The Monthly Cancer Clinic in Rishikesh
3. Periodical Cancer Clinics in Other Cities
4. The Home Care Programme
5. Bereavement Support



1. Inpatient Facility for Patients with Advanced Cancer

Ganga Prem Hospice has a 15 bed inpatient facility at Gohri Maphi near Rishikesh, for patients suffering from advanced cancer. The services at the hospice are completely free for the patient and one carer. Free sleeping arrangements and food at a very nominal price are also provided to any extra members of the family or friends who wish to stay near the patient. Round the clock care is provided to the patients by a team of doctors, nurses, therapists and counsellors.

 
   
Reception at the Ganga Prem Hospice
Reception at the Ganga Prem Hospice 
GPH nurse cares for a patient with brain cancer
GPH nurse cares for a patient with brain cancer


Our inpatient facility offers:

  • Bed and food for each patient and one carer,
  • Customised diet for each patient
  • In-house doctor,
  • Round the clock nursing care,
  • Daily massage and periodically other complementary therapies
  • Daily counselling support
  • Free laundry service

2. The Ganga Prem Hospice Monthly Cancer Clinic in Rishikesh

Ganga Prem Hospice holds a monthly cancer clinic in Rishikesh. The clinic is held on the last Sunday of every month at the Sardarni Nanki Devi and Punjab Sindh Kshetra Charity Hospital. Oncologists, palliative care specialists and gynaecologists give free consultations and counselling to approximately 90 patients at each clinic. The clinic begins at 9:00 am and finishes between 1:00 and 2:00pm.

Most patients who come to the clinic are from lower income brackets and very much need the facility. An average of 60-70% of patients who come for consultations are already suffering from cancer and many more come with cancer symptoms. New cases of cancer are diagnosed at every clinic and patients are directed to the correct procedures. Free medicines and refreshments are distributed at the clinic.

 
   
GPH gynaecologist sees a patient
GPH gynaecologist sees a patient
A palliative care doctor gives consultation
A palliative care doctor gives consultation


Our monthly cancer clinic in Rishikesh offers:

  • Screening for possibility of cancer,
  • Consultation and counselling for cancer patients and their families,
  • Distribution of free medicines, medical supplies and refreshments,
  • Massage and other therapeutic care.

3. Periodical Ganga Prem Hospice Cancer Clinics in Other Cities

Additional cancer clinics are held periodically in other cities of Uttarakhand, notably Haridwar, Dehradun, Uttarkashi and Srinagar. The cancer clinics are held in local hospitals and other premises, donated by supporters of the Hospice project.

 
   
GPH oncologist with a patients
GPH oncologist with a patients
GPH cancer clinic held in Haridwar
GPH cancer clinic held in Haridwar


Our periodical cancer clinics offer:

  • Screening for possibility of cancer,
  • Consultation and counselling for cancer patients and their families,
  •  Distribution of free medicines and medical supplies,

4. The Ganga Prem Hospice Home Care Programme

The Hospice home care programme provides care to terminally ill cancer patients in their own homes. The Ganga Prem Hospice medical team and volunteers visit terminally ill cancer patients and provide medical, social, emotional and spiritual support to the patient and their families. Visits are carried out six days a week in the areas of Rishikesh, Haridwar and Dehradun.

Our patients come from varied backgrounds, belong to different religions and have varied social status and economic standing. All have in common the pain and trauma of dealing with advanced cancer. All of our patients are treated with the same love and care by the Hospice team.
 
   
GPH home care nurse consoles a patient
GPH nurse speaks with a patient’s wife
GPH masseuse on a home care visit
GPH masseuse on a home care visit

 

The home care programme provides:

  • Regular visits to patients' homes by any of the following:
      a) palliative care doctor
      b) hospice nurse
      c) complementary therapist
      d) counsellor
      e) spiritual advisor
      f) general volunteer
  • Medical care for patients as advised by the palliative care doctor
  • Complementary therapies for symptom relief and relaxation for both the patients and their families
  • Counselling for the patients and their families
  • Spiritual support for the patients and their families
  • General care for the patients and their families

5. The Ganga Prem Hospice Bereavement Support Service

The bereavement support service gives much needed support to family and friends after the patient has died. The support continues until the loved ones feel it is no longer needed and includes rehabilitation of the bereaved family where necessary.

 
   
   
A young widow now receiving vocational training
A young widow now receiving vocational training
A bereaved child who is being educated by GPH
A bereaved child who is being educated by GPH

 

 The bereavement support service provides:

  • Help with practical arrangements such as funeral arrangements after the death of a patient
  • Counselling – helping family members manage the process of grief
  • Rehabilitation service including practical support such as education for bereaved children and training for widows

For more information about Ganga Prem Hospice's services in Uttarakhand, please contact info@gangapremhospice.org.

 
   
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