IPM – Institute of Palliative Medicine
Institute of Palliative Medicine is located in the Medical College campus, Kozhikode, Kerala, India.
The Building was constructed through financial support from W.B. Davis Trust U.K., on a piece of land provided by the Govt. of Kerala.
The first patient was admitted on 14th July 2004. The Institute was designated as W.H.O collaboration center in October 2010.
We have got 30 bedded inpatient facility to take care of those who need admission. Generally we encourage and provide care at home. But some patients need admission due to severe symptoms which needs timely and frequent intervention. Patients are offered admission for relief of symptoms, respite for the family and for terminal care.
The ambience of the hospital is set as to give maximum comfort and relaxation to the patients with good ventilation and moving space.
The three Guest Houses ( one air conditioned and two non air conditioned) can accommodate a total of 40 guests on a twin sharing basis with all basic facilitilies provided for guests and trainees for a minimum daily rental.
A neat and spacious canteen which supplies food for patients, carers, staff and guests. Food for Patients and a carer is provided free of cost.
'Santhwanam' in Malayalam means consolation and 'vanam' is forest. So may be translated as 'consolation forest'. It is a space and concept to provide a green and beautiful ambience for our patients who generally suffer with lot of mental and physical stress. With trees and plants and pavements for them to move even in wheelchairs 'Santhwana Vanam' is a real relaxation point. Wild growths, flowers and fruits attract a variety of butterflies and birds adding serenity to the place.
Amphitheatre used for various entertainment programs for patients esp for those who are suffering from long term bedridden conditions like Paraplegia and their relatives.
We provide space for some like-minded organisations in our institute like ANGELS (a network of ambulance service), KIP (Kozhikode Initative of Palliative care), NRHM (National Rural Health mission palliative care project), MHAT (Mental Health Action Trust, an initiative providing counceling and treatment for mentally challenged patients at their homes), IAPC (Indian Association of Palliative Care).
Pain and Palliative Care Society (PPCS) is a right based Civil Society Organization for people living with incurable and debilitating illness. Formed in 1993, we are the first charitable society for community based palliative care in Low and Middle income countries. PPCS has the distinction of initiating the first community volunteer program and the first home care program for the bedridden patients to its credit.
The Foundation Course in Palliative Care started by Pain and Palliative Care Society in 1996 was the first residential course in palliative care for health care professionals in Low and Middle income countries.
Neighbourhood Network in Palliative Care (NNPC) formed in 1999 jointly by four organizations – Pain and Palliative Care Society, Malappuram Initiative in Palliative Care, Alpha Charitable Trust and Justice Sivaraman Foundation evolved in the next few years to become World’s largest palliative care network.
It is the dream of the institute to create more and more conscious communities and compassionate destinations. This is to be achieved through expansion of infrastructure and facilities. Widening of services & reaching out to more people in need of palliative care is the long standing goal of the institute.