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Palliative Care

Paediatric Palliative Care and Bereavement Support Team

Our philosophy is to put the child & family at the heart of our care to make a positive difference through life, death and bereavement.

What does the Paediatric Palliative Care and Bereavement Support Team do?

We support children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses, and their families, from point of diagnosis or recognition. Our aim is to maximise comfort, wellbeing and quality of life. Our care and support takes place throughout the child's life, death and beyond, including bereavement support. 

We work closely with the treating hospital doctors and nurses to provide support and will usually meet children and their families on the hospital ward or outpatient department.

We also work with community services including GPs, children's nurses and community palliative care teams, as well as local hospices and local hospitals.

How can we help you?

We can help children and their families under the care of Bristol Children's Hospital and St Michael's with:

  • Symptom control and management
  • Psychological support
  • Planning future care and discharge planning
  • Support with difficult conversations & complex decision making
  • End of Life care
  • Emotional, spiritual and social support
  • Liaising with community services
  • Bereavement support

We also provide advice, education and support for healthcare professionals providing palliative care and bereavement support.