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What is Supportive and Palliative Care?

Supportive and Palliative Care Team helps patients and families with serious illnesses at any stage of their disease particularly if symptoms are having a negative impact on quality of life. We aim to help patients live as actively as possible by providing high quality pain and symptom control as well as psychological, social and spiritual support.

Specialists in Supportive and Palliative Care Team have expertise in supporting patients and their families who are living with a life limiting conditions. They work alongside your medical team to enable high quality individualised care at the point of need.

We aim to:

  • Focus on a team approach to physical, psychological, spiritual and social concerns by working alongside other staff who remain responsible for patient care.
  • Provide opportunities for patients and families to discuss their wishes and help plan future care.
  • Provide continuity of care by improving liaison with outside professionals and community Palliative Care Services.
  • Develop education, audit and research in Palliative Care across the hospital trust to ensure high quality standard of Palliative care is being provided.

How to access The Supportive and Palliative Care Team?

  •  In most cases your medical team will make a referral to the hospital Supportive and palliative care team for management of pain and difficult symptoms. Nursing staff can also refer provided this has been agreed by the medical team.

How quickly will I be seen by Supportive and Palliative Care Team?

  •     We aim to see patients in hospital as quickly as possible - we will try to see the same day or by the next working day.

Here are some useful links for further information and support:

Carers information 


British Heart Foundation 

British Lung Foundation  

Dying Matters

Preferred priorities of care leaflet

Planning for your future care, a guide 

Advance decisions to refuse treatment information

National website for information 

National hospice charity 

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy for Bereavement 

Bereavement counselling 

Winstons Wish 

Rainbow Centre