Hillingdon Palliative Care Team provides specialist care in community settings for patients with life-limiting illness.
Patients referred to the service may have a malignant or non-malignant disease and disease diagnosis and are:
- Not suitable for active, curative treatment
- Likely to be in the last months of life
- Complex needs requiring specialist management
The team is made up of clinical nurse specialists who care for patients with complex needs in the palliative phase of their life (both cancer- and non-cancer-related). Working in partnership with the Hillingdon District Nursing Team (who deliver day-to-day palliative care in the community) and other agencies, the team aims to:
- Enable patients to remain in their own homes with support.
- Prevent avoidable admissions to hospital.
- Respond to patients’ choice of preferred place for palliative care
In addition, a palliative care consultant can provide the following support for general practitioners (GPs):
- Prognostication and symptom control advice
- Home (domiciliary) visits
- Access to end-of-life care beds currently located at Hayes Cottage Nursing Home
- Rapid access outpatient appointments in a variety of locations across the London Borough of Hillingdon
The service is open to patients aged over 18 who live in Hillingdon (with the exception of Hillingdon residents who are registered with an Ealing) and who have specialist palliative care needs.
The service accepts referrals from healthcare professionals working in acute hospitals, primary care, residential or nursing homes, or adult care services.
Referrals should be made preferably by using the referral form but can also be made by telephone, in person and in writing.
The service is available from 08:00-16:30, Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays).
The service provides home (domiciliary) visits to patients and advice to primary healthcare teams.