Palliative Care Unit Distinguished by Visão magazine and Ordem dos Médicos journal

In an emotional interview, published in Visão magazine of 18th February, Pedro da Silva Martins, a founder of the Portuguese musical band Deolinda, reveals that he composed most of the new album songs at Hospital da Luz, where his father was in the Continuing and Palliative Care Unit, coordinated by the physician Isabel Galriça Neto.

«A considerable part of the themes was composed at Hospital da Luz palliative care unit, at my father’s bedside, who was very ill. Me and my brother, we went there… to make music, which was something he appreciated. He was there for about three months (…). It was a big challenge I set myself: how to transform that moment into music? (…) Me and my brother, we decided to face everything lucidly, and I believe it was the best thing to do. It was a farewell, as well as an escape. For me, it was a turmoil of emotion…», he said at the referred interview, concluding: «We choose the most beautiful way possible to deal with the situation, turning a bad moment into something positive».

The father of the Deolinda band founder was interned in Hospital da Luz Palliative Care Unit, where he passed away last January. The musician confesses that his father condition made him consider to postpone the new album release, but that wasn’t ultimately the case. The Deolinda band new album, mostly composed at Hospital da Luz, was released now with the title «Outras histórias».

In the meantime, Ordem dos Médicos (General Medical Council) magazine mentioned the Palliative and Continuing Care Unit of Hospital da Luz in an article by Mariana Alves, Internal Medicine practitioner, about palliative care training in internal medicine, under the title of «Estágios de cuidados paliativos no internato de medicina interna».

In this article, the physician refers the three-month training she had in this unit coordinated by Isabel Galriça Neto, at Hospital da Luz, as a period of «great scientific, relational and communicational learning». Mariana Alves states: «unlike what I thought, the atmosphere is not of heaviness or suffering, quite the contrary; team work, good disposition and mutual help of all professionals, associated to a good care service rendered to patients and families, turns this reality light-hearted and reassuring».

The physician also says that «the great majority of patients is not in this unit to die, as it is proven by the fact that in the three-month training period, 75% of patients were discharged from hospital, which means that only 25% of patients interned in palliative care unit died in service».