Palliative care

Palliative care is the active care of patients who have a life-limiting illness. It includes managing symptoms and supporting patients and their families to achieve best quality of life.

Members of the hospital palliative care team see patients on all three hospital sites. They see patients with any life-limiting illness who need specialist advice regarding symptoms control; psychological distress and advanced care planning.

The team consists of three Clinical Nurse Specialists and two Consultants. A designated Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Dietetics service is also available. In addition the team works closely with a specialist cancer psychologist and the acute oncology service.

The medical and nursing staff provide an advisory service for inpatients in all wards and departments and are available onsite at Queens Hospital Monday to Friday from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm and on Saturday from 9.00 am – 4.00 pm.

The consultants attend each community hospital (Samuel Johnson and Sir Robert Peel) once a week and can arrange further visits if required.

The team can be contacted by telephone at Queens Hospital on ext 5748 or 5034

Outside of working hours telephone advice is available for hospital staff by contacting St Giles Hospice.

Palliative Care Outpatients Clinic

Two consultant led outpatient clinics are held weekly on Monday and Thursday afternoons in the Oncology Outpatient area.

Referrals can be made by Hospital Consultants, General Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists by sending a letter of referral to Dr. Choudhury or Dr Boulstridge in the Palliative Care Office, Oncology Department, Queens Hospital.

For further advice please contact the Oncology secretaries on ext 5526 or ext 5048 or the Palliative Care Team on ext 5748 or ext 5034.


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