Aims to improve the quality of life for patients and families facing a life threatening or life limiting illness.
- Advice and symptom control on physical symptoms such as pain, nausea, constipation and breathlessness
- Emotional, spiritual and practical support for patients and their families
- Support, advice and education to staff on all aspects of palliative care
- Support with advance planning
- Telephone advice
We manage patients with advanced, progressive, life limiting illness who have complex palliative care needs, regardless of the diagnosis. This includes patients with malignant and non – malignant disease.
We provide holistic and person-centred assessment of need, care planning and support to help manage difficult symptoms relating to the underlying condition and preparing for an uncertain future.
The Palliative Care Team consists of Consultants in Palliative Medicine, Palliative Lead Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialists and Palliative Care Nurses. We will see patients for individualised symptom control, complex psychosocial care, liaison with other palliative care services and end of life care for patients with life limiting disease.
We work in partnership with the referring health care professionals and the multi-disciplinary team to provide high quality care but do not take over the patient’s care completely.
There are weekly Consultant Outpatient Clinics for Patients who have complex symptoms requiring additional specialist Palliative medicine input.
We have an inpatient hospital service and 2 Community Palliative Care Teams providing specialist palliative support to patients and their families within North West Anglia Foundation Trust hospitals and the surrounding community.
When you are referred to Palliative Care :
We will contact you to assess your needs and discuss what we can offer :
We will work in partnership with you , your family and your Health care professionals as a multi-disciplinary team to provide you with high quality palliative and end of life care that meets your individual needs
If you think that you may have complex palliative care needs please speak to your GP, Consultant or Nursing Team who can make a referral on your behalf. Alternatively, if you live in Huntingdonshire, you can contact the Hinchingbrooke Palliative Care Team direct to discuss your needs.