Palliative care

What is the role of the hospital Palliative care team?

We are a team of specialist nurses and medical consultants that are hospital based. We have specialist training and experience in controlling symptoms and offering support associated with cancer and other life limiting conditions. Our aim is to improve the quality of life for patients and their carers.

What can the Palliative care team do for you?

With our expertise in symptom control, we can suggest ways to help alleviate symptoms, such as pain or vomiting and bring about a sense of relief as specialist advisors. We work closely with other people, such as care managers, community palliative care teams, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and chaplains, to help with some of the wider issues associated with illness. Together we form a Multi-Disciplinary team (MDT). The MDT has a weekly meeting to plan how best to meet the patient’s palliative needs.

Support and information

People experience a variety of emotions when a diagnosis of cancer or other life limiting condition is confirmed. It can often be a very difficult time, which is unsettling for the patient, their family and carers.

It may help the patient to talk to someone with experience who can answer some of the questions they have about their illness and the proposed treatment. Spending time to discuss concerns may relieve anxiety and leave the patient more able to cope.

Who is Palliative care for?

Palliative care can be for any patient who has a cancer or other life limiting condition, which may benefit from our involvement. This involvement extends to carers in a supportive role in recognition that their needs are also important.

Each of the three main hospital sites has a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) consisting of the following: 

  • clinical nurse specialists

  • medical consultant

  • social worker

  • counsellor

  • allied professionals to medicine.

Palliative care services are managed across all hospital sites by a nurse consultant.

Referral to the team can be made by professionals involved in the patient’s care. 

Families concerned about the end of life care provided on the hospital ward may request referral via the ward staff.

  • advice and support regarding symptoms

  • assessment of needs

  • advisory support

  • liaison with other agencies

  • support at the end of life

  • discharge planning

  • family support

  • benefits advice

  • social support; finances, grants, family concerns especially children and legal issues

  • counselling; inpatient and outpatients. 

Out of hours and weekends the local hospices are available for advice and support.