The community specialist palliative care team provide advice, information and support for people with a life-limiting illness whose needs are more difficult to manage. The patient’s medical care remains the responsibility of their GP. The role of the community specialist team is to support the primary care team in caring for the patient and his/her family. Our team includes specialist nurses and doctors, as well as a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, specialist pharmacist and benefits advisor.
Referral to our team can be made by the patient’s GP, district nurse, consultant, or another health care professional. Depending on individual need, we might support people by telephone, see them in an outpatient clinic or visit them in their home, care home or community hospital.
Our community specialist palliative care nurses provide telephone information, support and advice to patients, families and healthcare professionals between 9am and 4.30pm 7 days a week (including bank holidays). When needed, our specialist nurses can seek advice from the palliative care consultant on-call. This service can be reached by phoning Sobell Triage on 0800 276 1484 (free from a BT landline) or 01865 857036. Out of hours, please call 111.
The Community Specialist Palliative Care Team also contributes to education and training across the community, from practice meetings and educational sessions to stand-alone teaching sessions.