Referrals are accepted for patients over 18 years of age with a life limiting/progressive illness at any time following diagnoses and/or who have unresolved/complex symptoms/complex psychosocial/spiritual needs that cannot be met by the usual healthcare profession team. This may include complex family needs as well.
The patient needs to consent to the referral unless they do not have capacity to do so.
You can also contact the SPC team for advice, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day on 0800 567 0111.
The specialist palliative care nurses will triage all new referrals that are received. All triaged patients assessed to have a SPC need will have a specialist palliative care holistic needs assessment, in order to identify specialist needs. This will ensure that patients receive the appropriate care by the right professional.