Supporting patients and families through life-threatening illnesses
Palliative care is the active holistic care of patients with advanced, progressive and life-threatening illnesses. The goal of our palliative care service is to achieve the best quality of life and comfort for patients and their families.
Our District Nurses embrace the core elements of supportive care, including the management of pain and other symptoms and the provision of psychological, social and spiritual aid. We provide support for treatment and condition management from pre-diagnosis, through to the process of diagnosis and treatment, to cure, continuing illness or death and bereavement.
We are passionate about offering a support system that integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of care and allows our patients to live as actively as possible until death. We also believe it’s vital to provide support for families that helps them to cope with the illness process.
- How do I access this service? Will I be referred by a GP or the hospital?
- Can we use your service alongside that of another charity, for example, Macmillan Services?
- Is there a cost to use this service?
- Can anyone access this service?
Most of those people who need our help will have been referred to us by the hospital or their GPs. The point of access for this care is through our District Nurses who develop a care package based on a nursing assessment of your condition.
Yes, In fact we encourage this. We work very closely with other care providers such as Macmillan Services.
There is no charge for the District Nursing Services but patients may have to pay for some equipment such as special matresses, beds and additional homcare. FNHC have been fortunate enough to receive a donation that enables us to support patients at the end of their life with their care and equipment needs. Our District Nurses can help provide information on other agencies such as Macmillan or Cancer BACUP who we work closely with to support our patients.
Yes, but as with all of the specialist nursing we provide, palliative care is offered as part of our District Nursing service and the care you receive is based on a holistic nursing assessment.
We only accept referrals to our District Nursing team from another professional which could include the following
- Primary Care (GPs, Practice Nurses, Pharmacists, Dentists, Optometrists)
- Adult and Older Adult Social Workers
- Hospital anyone, e.g. physios, OTs
- Specialist Community Nurses
- Mental Health Services
- Therapists working in the Community
- Homecare Providers who are on the Approved Provider Framework
- Rapid Response and Reablement Team
- Voluntary and Community Sector organisations
- Residential and Nursing Homes
- Environmental Health
- Public Health