The Supportive and Palliative Care Team
Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with life threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.
Who Are We?
We are a hospital based palliative care team consisting of specialist nurses and palliative medicine consultants. Our extended team includes occupational therapists, pharmacists, social workers and hospital chaplaincy.
We work closely with our community palliative care colleagues, who look after people in their own homes, hospices and care homes.
Although your consultant and ward team will continue to have responsibility for your care, we will work with them to support you and your family. We offer support to consider your preferences and plans for future care.
We advise on medication for the control of complex symptoms and on the management of emotional, social or spiritual issues. We support you to facilitate a timely discharge to a preferred place of care. This is done working closely with colleagues who may lead this discharge process.
The team is supported by Macmillan.
Our working hours are Monday to Sunday 9am - 5pm
The Clinical Team
Dr Sinead HENDERSON
Consultant Palliative Care Physician
Dr Clare SMITH
Consultant Palliative Care
Princess Alice Hospice
How you will be referred
Referrals to the supportive and palliative care service may be initiated by a member of your medical or nursing team or Allied Health Care Professional.
Please contact our team if you wish to discuss a referral. Contact Number: 01932 722312
A Key Worker is a 'person who, with the patients' consent and agreement, takes a key role in coordinating his / her care and promoting continuity, ensuring the patient knows who to access for information and advice' (NICE, 2004).
The Supportive and Palliative Care Team will work closely with your existing key workers.
If you would like to make a donation, please make cheques payable to –
Ashford and St Peters Cancer and Palliative Care Trust Fund