Palliative Care is about achieving the best possible quality of life for people with non-curable illness and supporting those who care for them. It involves managing symptoms and offering support with social, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs.
When you are referred to our hospital specialist palliative care team, one of the team will come and introduce themselves to you on the ward.
It is most likely that this person will become your key worker. The key worker and the team will work alongside the ward nurses, your hospital doctor, physiotherapists, occupational therapist, social workers and anyone else who is involved in your care, but do not take over your direct care.
We advise colleagues on how to ensure that you receive the best care available. Your ward consultant will continue to have overall responsibility for your care.
Our service is designed to help with:
- The control of any symptoms you are experiencing, if they occur. Managing physical, emotional and psychological problems and other symptoms that may accompany your illness or the side effects of treatment
- To support you and your family and carers with any worries or concerns that you may have about the future or your illness and the effects and impact this may have on you
- To assist with planning for your discharge from hospital. We will liaise with community support teams to ensure a smooth discharge and assist you in planning for the future to help ensure your wishes are met
- To provide information regarding your illness, treatments, financial help and on-going support
- To help with planning and anticipatory care requirements including end of life care.