ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION

Pain Relief and Palliative Care, PRPCS was founded by Dr. Gayatri Palat and a few other doctors of MNJ Institute of Oncology & RCC, in 2007 in order to care for patients suffering with advanced cancers and also other terminal and life limiting diseases.

 

It started in a small way with an out-patient department of Pain and Palliative Medicine inside the cancer hospital.

Within a year of functioning of the out-patient department, the society started its first home care program with a mobile van staffed with a Doctor, Nurse and Social Worker which provided palliative and end-of-life care for patients who could not visit the hospital anymore.

 

From one van in 2008, we now have 5 home care vans catering to the whole city of Hyderabad and its environs. At any point of time about 280 patients are enrolled under this program in all the 5 vans.

Our organization felt the need for an in-patient facility to look after patients who could not be cared in their homes and also for those who come from the districts. A full-fledged 21-bed in-patient facility called hospice called, Kumudini Devi Hospice was opened in 2013 in Kukatpally.

 

Apart from medical care, medicines and psycho-social support, food for the patients and caregivers are also provided at the hospice. Hospice is staffed by a mutlidisplinary palliative care team consisting of doctors, nurses, social workers, cooks, helpers, drivers, etc. We have admitted and cared for more than 4600 patients since its inception in July 2013.

Our unique pediatric palliative care program was started in the year 2008 in MNJ IO with the help of trained pediatric palliative care physician, assisted by a physiologist, a counsellor and 2 nurses. 

 

Neonatal and Palliative Care for non-cancer conditions in children was started in the Government Niloufer Children’s Hospital in June 2019. Till date we have cared for more than 100 new born babies who have no curative options available, and their parents.

PRPCS is one of the largest palliative care service providers in the country. In September 2017, the then Commissioner, Health and Family Welfare approached PRPCS to help the Government of Telangana to set up Palliative care units in the districts hospital/area hospitals/CHCs/PHCs by signing an official Memorandum of Understanding.

 

We helped Government of Telangana to set up 8 units in the districts of Rangareddy, Yadadri, Mahbubnagar, Siddipet, Khammam, Warangal, Jangoan, and Adilabad. Each unit has 8-10 bed in-patient facility, home care program with mobile van. 

 

These units were officially handed over to the Govt of Telangana w.e.f. 1st April 2020, but as per the MOU staff salaries are routed through our organization. PRPCS still acts as a training, knowledge and technical partner for Government of Telangana.

PRPCS also signed an MOU with Government General Hospital, Kurnool and started a palliative care facility in Government General Hospital, Kurnool on 18th May 2019. The unit consists of 10 bedded in-patient facility and an out-patient service and a home care service covering Kurnool town.

 

Around 20-25 end-stage cancer patients per month are admitted and cared for in this facility.

 


Behind these figures lie extraordinary stories of hope, courage, love and compassion. These are not mere patients but mortal beings who will not go back to their previous lives and have to deal with the ultimate reality of their lives ending in the near future.

 

To care for such patients calls for qualities which are rarely found in most of us. No words can effectively describe and capture the dedication and selfless service of our staff of Doctors, Nurses, Social workers and so many others who work tirelessly and reach out to the patient and their caregivers for providing care, comfort and dignity in the last stages of their lives