What does it do?
Care is provided by specialist multidisciplinary palliative care teams in services or units whose core speciality is palliative care (for example hospices, community or hospital palliative care teams). The specialist teams may include palliative medicine consultants and palliative care nurse specialists together with a range of expertise provided by physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, pharmacists, social workers and those able to give spiritual and psychological support.
Who is it for?
Anyone aged 18+ needing palliative care support. Eligibility for referral to specialist palliative care services is based on patient need not diagnosis. The agreed criteria for referral are as follows: 1. The patient has active, progressive and usually advanced disease for which the prognosis is limited (although it may be several years) and the focus of care is quality of life. 2. The patient has unresolved complex needs that cannot be met by the caring team, for example: • Uncontrolled or complicated symptoms (e.g. symptoms not adequately controlled within 48 hours by the referring team, or sooner if causing overwhelming distress). • Complex psychological/emotional difficulties. • Complex social or family issues. • Difficult decision making about appropriate future care. • Assessment for hospice Patients fulfilling these criteria should be referred to and assessed by a member of the specialist palliative care team. The subsequent care package will be dependent on this assessment and should be made in agreement with the patient, carer(s) and referring team.
Referrals can be made directly but discuss first with your doctor, consultant or GP. Referrals can be made through the Common Referral Form. (www.palliativecare.bradford.nhs.uk or on SystmOne) and faxing to the relevant Team. Referrals for BTHFT hospital inpatients are accepted by telephone to the team.
Telephone: These are given in the table below.
Airedale General Hospital Palliative Care Team | Tel 01535 295 016 01535 292 184 | Fax 01535 295 036
Manorlands Community Palliative Care Team | Tel 01535 646 779
Sue Ryder Care – Manorlands Hospice (Oxenhope) | Tel 01535 642 308 | Fax 01535 642 902
Bradford Teaching Hospitals Palliative Care Team | Tel 01274 364 035 | Fax 01274 366 851
Bradford Community Palliative Care Team | Tel 01274 323 511 | Fax 01274 323 509
Marie Cure Hospice (Bradford) | Tel 01274 337 000 | Fax 01274 337 094 | Out of Hours Advice via on-call Palliative Medicine Consultant via Marie Curie Hospice / Manorlands Hospice | Tel 01274 337 000 Tel 01535 642 308
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