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Palliative care is the care of patients with life limiting illnesses. The aim of palliative care is to achieve the best possible quality of life for patients and their family/carers by addressing physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs.
We are a multi-professional team consisting of a Lead Nurse for Palliative and End of Life Care, Macmillan Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists, Macmillan Palliative Care Occupational Therapists and Consultants in Palliative Medicine. We work within all areas of the hospital and have particular expertise in the management and support of patients who have an illness which is not curable.
We see patients referred to us by clinical teams (in charge of a patient’s care), community teams, and if appropriate, at the request of the patient or their families or carers.
Our specialist team can offer help through:
You will be allocated a ‘Key Worker’ within our team who will be the person to contact if you have any concerns about your condition. However, you may not always see the same member of the team on each visit.
Your Key Worker is:
The team keeps clinical notes directly relevant to your care.
Appropriate information will be shared with other care professionals (e.g. GPs, community nurses) to provide continuity of care during your hospital admission and on discharge.
Dr Ollie Minton (Clinical Lead)
Dr Andreas Hiersche (Lead Clinician)
Dr Charles Skinner
Dr Kiran Sharma
Lead Nurse for Palliative and End of Life Care
Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS)
Macmillan Occupational Therapists (OTs)
Our team works from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday*.
You can contact the team during this time on: Telephone 01273 523021
Out of hours, you can leave a non-urgent message on the answer machine.
Staff can contact us via the number above. (*except Bank Holidays)
As part of service improvement we value your feedback. We invite you to complete a short ‘Views on Care’ survey. Please use the included paper copy or alternatively give feedback electronically by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SPCT_VOC
Your Community Palliative Care Service is:
Websites which may provide further information:
Link to the National Council for Palliative Care: www.ncpc.org.uk
Link to the NHS website: www.nhs.uk
Link to Macmillan Cancer Support: www.macmillan.org.uk/
The information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: June 2019
Review Date: October 2021