Primary Health Care Team District Nurses and General Practitioners are the main providers of palliative and end of life care in the community. Most GP practices use the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) - a simple tried and tested framework to help primary health care teams deliver the best possible care for people nearing the end of their lives. Initially developed for cancer patients, it is now used for any patient with a life limiting illness and in other settings such as care homes. For patients with complex palliative and end of life care needs the primary health care team may work alongside specialist community palliative care teams.
Palliative Care Home Support Service
The Palliative Care Home Support Service (PCHS) provides personal care and emotional support for patients who wish to be at home in the last 4 to 6 weeks of life. The team visits patients across the Bristol and South Gloucestershire areas.
The service can provide 1 to 3 care visits to patients between 9am and 9pm for patients registered with a Bristol GP and 1 to 2 care visits to patients between 9am to 5pm for patients registered with a South Gloucester GP.
The service accepts patients with any diagnosis however; they must meet the following criteria:
- 18 years of age or older
- Assessed as being in the last 6 weeks of life
- Registered with a GP in the Bristol or South Gloucestershire area
Referrals can be made by any health or social care professional; by either fax or by telephone. The team can be contacted as follows, Allyson Darran Service Manager or Team Leaders telephone: 0117 982 8545.
Bristol Care Co-ordination Centre (BCCC)
Bristol Care Co-ordination Centre (BCCC) for End of Life Care, co-ordinates the care for patients considered to be within the last 3 months of life.
- Marie Curie
- Hospice at Home
- The Fast Track Team who link closely with BCCC
Marie Curie Cancer Care is a charitable organization in the United Kingdom, which provides nursing care, free of charge to patients and their families. The charity is best known for its network of Marie Curie Nurses who work in the community to provide end-of-life care for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses in their own homes. For more information, visit www.mariecurie.org.uk
St Peter’s Hospice
St Peter’s Hospice is Bristol’s only adult hospice caring for local people with incurable illnesses. The hospice is committed to improve the quality of life for patients while extending care and support to their families and loved ones.
The hospice works in collaboration with other community and hospital based healthcare professionals to develop, influence and provide flexible specialist services that meet the needs of people with life-limiting illness.
Services offered by St Peters Hospice include:
- 24 Hour Advice Line
- Community Nurse Specialists
- In Patient Unit Care
- Day Hospice
- Hospice at Home
- Medical Support
- Psycho Social and Spiritual Team (Social Work, Spiritual Care, Music Therapy and Bereavement Support)
- Complimentary Therapies
- Fatigue and Breathlessness Programme
- Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy
- Education Centre
St Peters Hospice
For more information visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk
For more information visit www.longfield.org.uk
Weston Hospice Care
28 Thornbury Road
Telephone: 01934 423900
For more information visit www.westonhospicecare.org.uk