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.
What does the Supportive and Palliative Care Team (SPCT) do?
The SPCT gives specialist care and information to people facing serious illness and life limiting conditions.
We recognise that emotional, spiritual, family and financial worries may be as important to you as physical problems.
We work closely with the hospital doctors and nurses to support you, your partner, family and friends.
We will offer specialist advice and guidance to the doctors, nurses and other health and social care professionals involved in your care.
The Specialist Palliative Care Team has daily (Mon – Fri) ward rounds and patient reviews. There is member of the team in the hospital 7 days a week.
All the members of the Specialist Palliative Care Team meet once a week at a multidisciplinary team meeting to discuss and review your plan of care.
We will usually see you on the hospital ward, but we might also see you in the outpatient department.
Who is in the palliative care team?
We are a team of:
- Clinical nurse specialists
- Occupational Therapist
- Psychological support staff
We work with local hospices and Community Palliative Care Teams at Princess Alice Hospice and Woking & Sam Beare
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.
How we can help you?
We aim to:
- Offer you advice about managing pain and other physical symptoms
- Support you while you are facing serious illness
- Offer practical suggestions to help you do the things that are important to you
- Offer guidance in planning for your discharge from hospital, this may include admission to hospice, nursing home or going home
- Offer support to those close to you
- Inform you about other services that might be helpful to you, such as additional support at home
- Inform you about research studies running in the department that you may be eligible to take part in
- Support and help you to plan your future care and wishes around your treatment
If you would like to make a donation, please make cheques payable to –
Ashford and St Peters Cancer and Palliative Care Trust Fund