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Palliative Care Team

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Location

The team is based in Regent Wing in the hospital grounds but meets patients and their families/friends either on the ward or in a dedicated private space.

Galsworthy Road Kingston upon Thames Surrey KT2 7QB
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Patient contact information Direct Line: 020 8934 2780 (answerphone)

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychological and spiritual" (World Health Organisation 2002).

We are a hospital based palliative care team consisting of specialist nurses and palliative care consultants. Our extended team includes a social worker and the hospital chaplaincy team. The palliative care team works in an advisory capacity alongside other health care professionals involved in the persons care, supporting people with advanced disease requiring specialist palliative care and those important to them. 

The aim of palliative care is to provide a holistic approach to care focusing on issues of comfort and quality of life rather than cure. The team supports conversations about advance care planning including wishes about preferred place of care.

When the hospital palliative care team are involved in a person’s care a contact number will be provided. The team is available 09.00 – 17.00 every day.

How to refer:

The clinical team involved with the person’s care will refer to the hospital palliative care team. Please discuss with the clinical team involved.

Comments made by patients and relatives who participated in an inpatient survey 2016 include: “Palliative care team were very, very good and supportive”, “The team have given us all the support we could ever have. They have done a wonderful job, 100% informative. Thank you!”

Palliative Care Information Leaflet

Social worker leaflet

Counselling leaflet

CMC information for patients and carers

 

Click here to see the hospital Bereavement information booklet

Useful Links:

www.macmillan.org.uk

www.mariecurie.org.uk

www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/guide

dyingmatters.org

 

Lead clinician: Dr Lulu Kreeger

Lead Nurse: Thora Thorhallsdottir

Team administrator: Paula Lyons, 020 8934 2732 (direct line)

  • "So very reassuring in a difficult time and enormously supportive" Feedback from 2012 survey
  • "I am so glad they are here" Feedback from 2012 survey
  • "Extremely good in listening to what I need to say and exploring what would happen" Feedback from 2012 survey
  • "Gentle care and understanding, patience, empathy. A lot of support to all my questions" Feedback from 2012 survey
  • "Very informative, very helpful with pain control" Feedback from 2012 survey
PATIENT INFORMATION
Coordinate My Care Leaflet 31 March 2013
Coordinate My Care FAQs 31 March 2013
Palliative Care Information Leaflet 31 March 2013
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Catherine Hitchcock - Social Worker

Susan van Beveren - Lead Chaplain

Consultants and key staff

Nina Mishelmovich Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care
Laura Turner Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care
Teleri Gulvin Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care
Kitty Griffin Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care
Anne Thon Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care
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