What is Palliative Care
Palliative Care refers to the management of care when you are at the end of your life.
If you have an illness that cannot be cured, palliative care serves are there to help you be as comfortable as possible. This includes managing your pain and other symptoms, along with supporting your social and spiritual needs.
Palliative care can be conducted by either the –
- the Community Palliative Care team
- the Hospital Palliative Care team
The Community Palliative Care team
The Community palliative care team are available for someone who is having palliative care and support in their own home or outside of a hospital
There are many healthcare professionals who may be involved in providing palliative care. Under the supervision of your GP, Community nurses manage the care of people in the community with advancing and progressing illness.
Whenever possible, you should consider care and support at home as being around family and familiar surroundings may help to support your emotional wellbeing.
The Hospital Palliative Care team
If you are in hospital you will be referred to the Hospital Palliative Care team to help with any pain and other symptoms you may have.
Making decisions about your Palliative Care
You can discuss your palliative care needs with health professionals such as -
- Community Nurse
- Social Worker
These health professionals will help you to think about what you want to happen as you approach your end of life. You may also want to record your wishes to help your family and health professionals understand what you want in terms of your care and support - this is called advanced care planning.
You can also make general enquires to the Hull City Council See and Solve team via -
- email: See&Solve@hullcc.gov.uk
- telephone: 01482 300 300
In person –
The Wilson Centre
Alfred Gelder Street
The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC)
The National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The NCPC offers advice, information and support to; professionals, patients and their carers. Their aim is to work collectively to raise the standards of palliative and end of life care.
Alternatively you can contact them by telephone them on: 02076 971 520 (usual network rates apply).