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!”
Lead clinician: Dr Lulu Kreeger
Lead Nurse: Thora Thorhallsdottir
Team administrator: Paula Lyons, 020 8934 2732 (direct line)