Our Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) also known as Macmillan Nurses, can visit the patient at home and will work with the General Practitioner, District Nurse and others, giving advice and support to patients and families. Our CNSs are available Mon-Fri
The community palliative care service is for people who are living with an advanced illness but who want to maintain their independence by remaining in their own home if at all possible.
You may be experiencing symptoms that need the specialist support of our nursing and medical teams. Your symptoms may be physical, perhaps relating to pain or fatigue, or you may need emotional support if things are on your mind as a result of your illness or treatment.
Clinical nurse specialists are registered nurses with a degree in specialist palliative care or equivalent and will have an in-depth knowledge of symptoms associated with life limiting illnesses, causes and treatment.
Your GP has overall responsibility for your care while you are at home. GPs can also arrange nursing care and you can contact them if you are worried about any change in your condition.
Examples of the type of care that may be available:
Hospital, community or hospice-based support teams
Support teams visit patients in their home. Services range from clinical nurse specialists who can offer expert advice on the control of pain and other problems, to healthcare assistants offering skilled hands-on care. Support teams can also offer emotional care and advice on practical problems. Hospice services may also be available in your home in conjunction with the Marie Curie service delivered by the Community team.
District Nurses offer a range of nursing care including giving drugs, changing dressings and offering nursing advice.
Marie Curie Nursing Service
Marie Curie Nursing Service provides practical nursing care for people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses in their own homes.