Our Community Palliative Care Team is made up of Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) with extensive experience and knowledge of palliative care. There are a number of CNS at the Hospice and alongside your GP and District Nursing team will be involved in your care and support.

The CNS will regularly liaise with your GP and others involved in your care. He or she will have specialist knowledge about medications and therapies as well as information and advice about many issues which might arise for you.

Your CNS is also the person who can arrange for you to take advantage of other Hospice services, such as the Day Hospice.

The Community Palliative Care Team is available from Monday to Friday from 9.00am until 5.00pm.  Additionally, there is one member of the Team on duty on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 9.00am until 5.00pm. Outside these hours, one CNS is on-call for specialist palliative care advice which cannot wait until normal working hours. This is not an emergency service and does not replace the service provided by your GP (or out-of-hours provider) or your District Nursing Team.

Sometimes the reasons patients are referred to the Community Palliative Care Team get resolved. For example symptoms may no longer be a problem or there may be an overall improvement with the medical condition. In such situations patients may be discharged from the Community Palliative Care Team. Patients can, of course be re – referred should they again require the specialist care provided by the team.