What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care concentrates on your quality of life and that of your family, it focuses on controlling pain and other symptoms and meeting a person’s emotional and spiritual needs.
What is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care?
A registered nurse with specialist knowledge, experience and qualifications in cancer and palliative care who work with patients with cancer and other life threatening illness, this support extends to their families.
What do they do?
They provide specialist palliative information and advice to patients and their families as appropriate from diagnosis onwards. They work closely with the GP and District Nurses who remain the key carers.
• Pain management
• Symptom management
• Emotional support
• Information about the illness and its management
How to contact the Clinical Nurse Specialist
Referrals are usually made by your GP, District Nurse or Hospital doctor or nurse. Patients or family can self refer and the Clinical Nurse Specialist will then discuss the referral with the patients GP.
The team work:
Monday to Friday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
During service hours you can obtain advice from the team and they will assist you as appropriate.
They are based at:
Cransley Hospice: 01536 494611
Regardless of being referred to the Palliative Care Service, your GP has the overall responsibility for your medical care and should be the first point of contact when you have a medical problem.