Improving quality of life and symptom control for patients and families living with life limiting illness
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Dr Rosemary Wade

Clinical Director Palliative Care and Macmillan Consultant in Palliative Medicine
Dr Rosemary Wade

I am committed to high quality palliative care and improving co-ordination of care between services.

The department of palliative care provides support for patients, family and carers, including symptom control, psychological support, end of life care and advance care planning. We also provide support, education and training for healthcare professionals caring for patients with a life limiting illness.

The department consists of the following services

  • Palliative Care Service
  • Breathlessness Intervention Service
  •  Long Term Conditions Service

We work with patients across the Trust and offer both in-patient and out-patient assessments. Many aspects of palliative care are applicable early in the course of the illness and we work with patients at every stage of illness, providing appropriate care alongside treatments of the condition itself (such as alongside chemotherapy and radiation therapy). Our goal is to make sure that patients with any life threatening illness receive excellent palliative care at every stage of their illness. Through this we aim to achieve the best quality of life for patients and their families.

The Specialist Palliative Care Team is an advisory service which works directly with patients and alongside the doctors and nurses treating the patient. The treating team continues to lead the patients care and palliative care adds to and advises on the patients care, but does not take over, the patient's management.

There are no specialist palliative care beds in the Trust and patients are referred to local hospices when appropriate if continuing inpatient specialist palliative care is required.