What we do
We are a specialist team who give advice and support to in-patients with life-limiting illnesses. We aim to treat everyone we see with respect and dignity at all times and want to maximise quality of life and lessen suffering by supporting the emotional, physical, spiritual and social needs of our patients, their family, friends and carers.
We also work with the wider health community and can coordinate referral to the local community palliative care teams and hospices for ongoing symptom management, advice and support.
Who can have palliative care?
Anyone with a life-limiting illness may be offered palliative care to help relieve the symptoms of their illness. This care can be given in conjunction with ongoing treatment or on its own for people who need help with the effects of their condition.
The Palliative Care team
Clinical teams can refer patients under their care to the palliative care team for further input.
The palliative care team is available for advice and support for hospital in-patients Monday to Friday, from 9am until 5pm.
We have a seven day 9am - 5pm CNS (Clinical Nurse Specialist) service for our in-patients, supported by 24-hour medical advice from a consultant in palliative medicine.
Our team includes:
- Consultants and a Specialty Doctor in palliative medicine
- Clinical nurse specialists
- Social workers
- Secretarial and administrative support
- We have close links with colleagues in the acute oncology service and chaplaincy.
Cancer information and support centres
The cancer information and support centres at Epsom and St Helier hospitals offer information and support to anyone affected by cancer.
- Macmillan Butterfly Centre, 1st floor Block B (Bradbury Wing), Epsom Hospital
- Springall Unit, ground floor Ferguson House, St Helier Hospital
Head of Nursing for Clinical Services
Divisional General Manager for Clinical Services