Support at home by our community team
Our team includes specialist nurses and doctors, as well as a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist and benefits advisor. All members of the team have specialist training and experience in caring for people with a life-limiting illness and focus on quality of life and what it means for each person.
We see people at different stages of their illness, ranging from those who have recently been diagnosed, to those nearing the end of their life. Many people with a life-limiting illness do not need our involvement, as GPs and district nurses are able to provide the care and support that is needed.
People can be referred to our service when their needs are more difficult to manage; referral can be made by their GP, district nurse, consultant, or another health care professional. Depending on individual need, we either see people in an outpatient clinic or visit people in their home.
What we can do to help
Our involvement in someone’s care is based on an initial assessment, and is reviewed regularly. Our team:
- Work alongside GPs, to give advice on managing any difficult symptoms
- Offer support and advice for people nearing end of life, their family and carers
- Make referrals to other services as needed
- Provide information about bereavement support for family members and friends.
9am – 5pm seven days a week (including Bank Holidays)
Out of Hours: call 111
(111 can access a specialist palliative care senior doctor if needed)
What to expect when someone is dying
We have produced a leaflet which explains what might happen in the last days and hours of life and gives examples of what can be done to support the dying person. It also explains what needs to be done after someone dies.
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