The Community Palliative Care Team work alongside family doctors, district nurses and other care agencies, offering advice and support to patients and families in their own homes. They also have close working relationships with Oncologists, Medical Teams and Hospital Clinical Nurse Specialists.
The service is available 9.00am – 5.00pm seven days a week, including Bank Holidays. The team consists of:
- Clinical Nurse Specialists who are highly trained nurses specialising in palliative care
- Community Hospice Carers
The team also liaises very closely with the Marie Curie Nursing Service and they can provide some overnight care.
- Advice on how to manage the physical problems caused by your illness or treatment
- Someone to talk about your illness, how it affects your life and those close to you
- Support to your family and friends
- Advice on financial issues
- Help in communicating with others involved in your care on your behalf
- Support to the Primary Health Care Teams by offering education and advice.
- Help with everyday tasks such as washing and dressing
- Respite “sits” (2-3 hours normally) to relieve carers when they have to go out during the day
- Someone to talk to about how your illness is affecting your day to day coping. This may involve liaising between Clinical Nurse Specialists and District Nurses when appropriate.