Palliative Care at NCT Heidelberg

The Department of Palliative Medicine at Heidelberg University Hospital (UKHD) offers patients and their relatives at NCT Heidelberg comprehensive advisory and outpatient advice and treatment - especially in the case of severe, advanced illnesses, complex physical and psychosocial stress or in critical situations.

Often additional expertise and resources are needed when it comes to

  • treatment of refractory symptoms (pain, shortness of breath, nausea, etc.),
  • oncological supportive therapy,
  • acute medical crisis planning
  • ethically relevant questions,
  • psychosocial support,
  • care planning (bridge care of the Department of Palliative Medicine), or
  • the home care situation itself (SAPV team SAPHiR).


Heidelberg University Hospital (UKHD)
Clinic of Palliative Medicine
Medical Director: Prof. Dr. Bernd Alt-Epping
Im Neuenheimer Feld 305
69120 Heidelberg

Silvia Fey
T: +49 6221 56-32271
F: +49 6221 56-33587
Web: Clinic of Palliative Medicine

Head of Nursing SAPV:
Alexander Forster

In this way, patients of the NCT Heidelberg can be cared for by the palliative medical outpatient clinic as a fixed consultation hour in the NCT Heidelberg as well as by short-term, low-threshold visits within the framework of the existing appointments in the day clinics at NCT Heidelberg. There is a close connection with the other counseling services at NCT Heidelberg (social services, psycho-oncology, nutritional, physical activity, ethics consultation, etc.).

In this way, comprehensive, multi-professional, early and cross-sector support can be provided even in particularly stressful situations.

Low-threshold, needs-oriented consultation as part of the specialist oncology case presentation.

Consultation hours:
Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. and by appointment.

By telephone at +49 6221 56-32271 or by e-mail to silvia.fey@med.uni-heidelberg.de

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Advice from palliative care professionals, participation in tumor boards, transfer to home care by the Intermediate Care Service or multi-professional treatment of inpatients in all departments of the UKHD as part of a palliative care treatment by a palliative service.

Tel.: 06221 56-35609
Mail: support.palliativmedizin@med.uni-heidelberg.de

»More information about SUPPORT in the flyer (PDF file)

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Outpatient, i.e. at home or in inpatient care facilities and hospices, palliative medical and nursing co-treatment. The abbreviation SAPHiR means: “Specialized outpatient palliative care in Heidelberg and in the Rhein-Neckar district”.

Contact person:
Andresa Barbosa
Tel.: 06221 56-35610
Mail: saphir.palliativmedizin@med.uni-heidelberg.de

Specialized outpatient palliative care in Heidelberg and in the Rhein-Neckar district


Comprehensive, multi-professional (palliative) medical inpatient treatment of complex stressed patients, including care for their relatives. The palliative care unit at Salem Hospital is a cooperation project between the Heidelberg University Hospital and the Evangelical City Mission Heidelberg.

Our palliative care unit at Salem Hospital has space for 8 patients. Patients are referred from all contexts, from home, from care facilities, from hospitals and clinics, or from the emergency medical environment.

Our treatment focuses on

  • Relief of stressful symptoms of the underlying disease, such as tumor-related pain or shortness of breath
  • Relief of therapy-associated stress in the sense of oncological supportive therapy
  • Specialized palliative care measures, for example for malignant wounds
  • Psychosocial support and socio-legal advice
  • Ethical issues / advice on living wills and health care proxies
  • Clarification and organization of care at home, even in cases of great need for support
  • Adapting the overall therapeutic concept to new conditions of incurability and progression
  • and much more

Further information: Clinic for Palliative Medicine at Heidelberg University Hospital