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Referring patients to the RUH specialist palliative care team

Before making a referral please ensure that it is with the consent of the patient, and is based on identified needs rather than diagnosis.

The team are happy to advise staff about palliative care if direct contact with the patient by the team is inappropriate or unecessary.

To refer please complete the referral form below:

Referral to the Palliative Care Team
(Word version can be completed electronically)

For urgent advice, e.g. symptom control or discuss whether to refer please contact Palliative Care Nurse only by phone -  01225 82 5567. Alternatively call 01225 42 8331 and ask reception to bleep 7529 or 7615.

Overview & Referrals

Palliative care is defined as:

‘the active holistic care of patients with advanced, progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families. Many aspects of palliative care are also applicable earlier in the course of the illness in conjunction with other treatments’

(WHO 2002)

It is based on a number of principles and aims to:

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How Palliative Care is provided

The professionals providing palliative care fall into two distinct categories:

Those providing the day-to-day care should be able to:

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