On August 9 at 2.30 p.m. Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn graciously gave a lecture on “How to take care of last-stage patients” to the 4th and 5th year medical students at Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital. Professor Prasit Watanapa (Deputy Dean and Director of Siriraj Hospital), Associate Professor Rungnirand Praditsuwan (Deputy Dean for Undergraduate Education), the administrative team, and the students humbly welcomed H.R.H.’s arrival at Ratchapanadda Sirindhorn Conference Hall, 1st Floor, Srisavarindira Building.
Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn gave detailed guidelines in the caring procedures for terminal patients, beginning with how to deliver bad news to the patients, identifying their symptoms, how to subtly ask questions to see if we can tell the truth about their sickness, and how to deliver the diagnosis to their relatives, and most importantly, choosing the right persons to be informed. H.R.H. also emphasized that doctors should constantly give them courage and realistic hope.
Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn proposed that doctors should take a holistic approach in caring for cancer patients. This is to relieve some of their suffering, and prolong their lives. The doctors must be compassionate and embodies a merciful spirit, kindly sacrifice their time to the patients and their relatives, carefully listening to them, know how to express their sympathy, and deeply understand the patients’ suffering.
H.R.H. advised that we should alleviate the pain and suffering the patients are facing, by relying on holy principles of their religions: give them a chance to perform meritorious deeds, encourage them to listen to a sermon, and learn how to let go. (Lastly, she suggested touching the patients’ hearts with the doctors’ hearts and souls.)