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Pain & Palliative Medicine
Academic Staff
Dr. Bhavna C. Patel
Associate Professor (Adhoc)
Dr. Shrenik Parasnalji Ostwal
Assistant Professor
Dr. Richa Singh
Medical Officer
Contact Details
Department of Palliative Medicine
(Room No. 102-103)

Direct : 91-79-2268 8270, 2268 8279
Helpline: +91 92279 00493
Fax : 91-79-2268 5490


Services :

Department of Palliative Medicine was established in Oct 2010. Being a State Cancer Center, we have un-interrupted supply of oral Morphine for Cancer patients. Interventional procedures for Pain Management and intravenous, subcutaneous or epidural morphine injection are given for difficult cases.

Facility Available: Clinical Activities :
Outpatient Services:

Palliative Care OPD is located in Room no 102-103, 106, first floor. OPD timings are 9am to 5pm (Mon to Fri), and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

Patients with pain and other symptoms like Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, constipation, Anorexia, Fatigue, Depression, Insomnia, Anxiety are referred to us as Out-patients as well as from In-patients. We also provide supportive care to patients undergoing Radio and Chemotherapy and help them tolerate side effects.


Full time counseling services are available at the department. Psychologist is there to guide and motivate patients & Care givers with prime focus to provide knowledge regarding patient’s disease status and other disease related query such as disease prognosis and End Of life care of advanced cancer patients.

In-Patient Services at GCRI: Patients are admitted for severe pain and symptom management under Department of Palliative Medicine.

Homecare service: We do 2-3 home-visits per day for 5 days a week, for homebound cancer patients residing within city of Ahmadabad.

Hospice service:  We also have facility to admit terminally ill patient to hospice centre.

Following Training Courses in Pain and Palliative Care:

(1) Courses run by Indian Association of Palliative Care

(A) Essentials of Palliative Care “Part A”– A basic course for doctors & Nurses

  • It is a distant learning course
  • Duration of course 8 weeks
  • Contact session – 3 days
  • Starting date – 01 Nov (every year)
  • Registration opens – 1st Week of October
  • Exam at the end of 8 weeks – in 1st week of Jan (every year
(B) Essentials of Palliative Care “Part B” – A Hands on training in palliative care for doctors and nurses. This can be done only on completion of Essentials of Palliative Care “Part A”. One can become Registered Medical Practitioner (RMP), and can prescribe, procure, store & dispense morphine officially after this course.

One has to attend 10 full days in The department of Palliative Medicine, Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute, Ahmedabad. He/She has to maintain a log book, which will be submitted to IAPC Academic cell and will be issues certificate of attendance.

(2) Course supported by Indo-American Cancer association & Pallium India, Trivendrum

  • Certificate Course in Pain & Palliative Medicine (CCPPM) for doctors
  • Certificate Course in Pain & Palliative Nursing (CCPPN) for Nurses
These are six weeks “Hands On” – Full Time courses for doctors and nurses, conducted by The Department of Palliative Medicine, Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute, Ahmedabad. Tentative months of these courses are as follows.

  • Mar- Apr (Every Year)
  • Sept- Oct (Every Year)

Registration for this course opens almost two months before the course date. One can register as potential candidate for the course, whenever he/she decides to join the course.

(3) Training of Registered Medical Practitioners about Essential Narcotic Drugs

A 3-days basic course in pain relief and palliative care, consisting of 21-hour sessions, developed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India is conducted in The department of Palliative Medicine, Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute, Ahmedabad. This is mandatory training for a doctor who wishes to prescribe Morphine or any other Essential Narcotic Drugs in his/her practice. One can join this training anytime, with prior communication with department head.

Research Activities :


(1) Innovation: A new technique “Home based application of Sphenopalatine Ganglion Block for Head and Neck Cancer pain Management” is developed  and published in Indian Journal of Palliative Care.

(2) A  project “ Radiofrequency ablation of Sphenopalatine Block for Head & Neck Cancer Pain Management”  was supported by Gujarat Cancer Society, in July 2013. The project was completed and published in Indian Journal of Pain.

(3) Currently department is conducting a study on “Impact of early palliative care on Quality of life of patients with advance stage of carcinoma Cervix”.

OPD Information

Hospital Charges

Diffrent Health Check Up Plans

Accredited for ISO 15189

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