Sometimes people aren’t entirely sure about how patients are referred to the hospice, so I thought I would take the opportunity in my column this week to explain how our referral process works.
To be referred, you need to ask your GP, consultant or other healthcare professional to make a referral.
You may be referred to the service if you have an advanced or progressive terminal illness, from which you will not get better.
You may be referred for advice and support regarding symptom control, psychological support for you and your family, or for help in managing end of life care.
We aim to see urgent referrals within two days, and normally routine referrals are seen within ten working days.
A member of the team will contact you and offer you an appointment at the hospice or at home. This will usually last about an hour.
During this appointment we will find out how you are feeling and what impact your illness is having on you and those close to you.
We will also discuss measures to assist your current situation, and once an action plan has been agreed with you, we may make recommendations to your GP and/or district nursing team.
We may liaise with other healthcare professionals involved in your care, before we will agree with you, depending on your individual needs, how we will continue to support you.
For more information about the services we provide for patients referred to the hospice, please visit our website: www.stbh.org.uk/patients
Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.
Here are four ways you can be sure you’ll be amongst the first to know what’s going on.
1) Make our website your homepage
2) Like our Facebook page
3) Follow us on Twitter
4) Register with us by clicking on ‘sign in’ (top right corner). You can then receive our daily newsletter AND add your point of view to stories that you read here.
And do share with your family and friends - so they don’t miss out!
Always the first with your local news.
Be part of it.