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Palliative care

Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life for patients and their families facing the problems associated with a serious illness. Our multi-professional team offers support to patients and carers and specialist advice to teams looking after them. Inpatients may be visited by the team on the ward.

After assessment, patients will be told how to get in touch with their named palliative care consultant. The team has an advisory role in inpatients' care and works alongside doctors and nurses to:
  • Help with pain and other symptoms, which may be problematic
  • Offer support to patients and their families
  • Act as a link between hospital and home
  • Members of the team can help with planning discharge from hospital and arranging support for patients and their families at home.
  • Provide information on bereavement support available

Inpatients can be referred by contacting the team office on 0117 342 2473 or via switchboard.

Outpatients clinic

Patients will be seen by a doctor who specialises in palliative care. The initial appointment will take 30-40 minutes and patients will be offered follow up appointments as required. The clinics are held in BHOC level 1.

Both GPs and hospital doctors can refer for an outpatients consultation. A letter of referral should be sent to the team stating the reasons for referral and a summary of patient's history.

Community support

If a patient needs ongoing community support after discharge home, they may be offered referral to St Peter's hospice community team. This can be done by any healthcare professional. Referral forms can be downloaded directly from the hospice's website: http://www.stpetershospice.org.uk/

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