Our nurses are simply amazing. They have all chosen to specialise in end of life care and have years of experience and expertise, along with huge amounts of compassion and understanding. They work both in the hospice and out in the community, providing practical care for patients and emotional support for the whole family. They also play a very important role in assessing a patient’s needs and coordinating their care with other members of our team as well as their GP.
End of life care is not just about medicine. Our patients benefit from a range of other therapies, to help them cope better with their illness and prognosis. Our team includes physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, dieticians and lymphoedema therapists. Together, they can help patients maintain their independence, manage symptoms and enjoy a good quality of life for as long as possible. Patients can receive therapy in the hospice or at home if necessary.
Living with terminal illness is tough. Not just for the patient but for their loved ones too. Our specialist social work and welfare benefits team are here to help them cope with emotional and practical issues. For example, they can provide help claiming grants and benefits. They can help patients and families to make choices and access the care and support you need in their neighbourhood. And they can provide specialist support for children and young people.