In Adam's treatment of his young terminally ill patient, he displayed every Melbourne Health value and more. He listened, even when his patient was bewildered, angry, hostile, tearful, rebellious, disbelieving and ultimately accepting. He was candid yet intuitive to the gravity of information he had to give to his young patient. He gave him the time he required to digest such devastating news and continued to support, comfort and reassure his patient through his last days. He kept the family informed of their loved ones precarious health condition. This put the family at ease in an otherwise unimaginable situation. He was very inclusive of the nursing staff and allied health team to assist with his patient’s care. Adam went above and beyond to ensure the patient’s end of life wishes were granted: He arranged for a Richmond football player to visit him in hospital, as well as obtained a Richmond signed jumper; facilitated a visit to Eureka Towers and Aquarium with his family; and a visit home to see his beloved car for the last time. All achieved within the last two weeks of his patient’s short life. Adam’s care for his patient was inspiring to all who were fortunate enough to witness it. He ensured this young gentleman’s final days were the best days they could possibly be. I only wish in my final days that there is an Adam Steinberg looking out for me.
Story shared with the permission of Adam Steinberg, Nephrology Registrar.