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What we do

The Hospital Specialist Palliative Care team has a clinical and educational role at both Bradford Royal Infirmary and St. Luke's Hospital. The service offered is an advisory one, in which patients remain under the care of the referring team. There are also two community palliative care teams and local hospices (Marie Curie, Bradford and Sue Ryder “ Manorlands, Oxenhope) with whom the team work closely.

What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is the care given to people who have a life-limiting illness that cannot be cured and that may get worse over time. Patients may however be on treatments to slow progression of the illness. The aims of palliative care are to help with pain or other troublesome symptoms and to look at ways of helping and supporting patients and their families and friends.

Who provides Palliative Care?

Doctors, nurses and other health care professionals will work with you to help improve the management of any symptoms you may have and help you to cope with your illness. If they are finding it difficult to do this, they can invite a member of the specialist palliative care team to contribute.

Specialists in Palliative Care

You may meet a member of the specialist palliative care team at any stage of your illness. The team does not take over your care (except in a hospice) but works closely with the professionals looking after you in hospital or at home. Specialist palliative care provides expertise in symptom control as well as support and guidance to yourself and your family coping with the overall situation. They can see any patient with life-limiting illness, not just patients with cancer.

How do patients and carers access this service?

You need to be referred by a senior doctor or nurse on the ward where you are having treatment.

Who will have access to my information?

Your information will be held on a computer system (SystmOne) and with your consent can be shared with the other professionals involved in your care at home or hospice as well as hospital. If they need to tell anyone else they will ask your permission. The information may also be used to help plan the best services in the future. If it is used in this way it will be made anonymous.

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The team

Dr Sarah Holmes

Consultant in Palliative Medicine (Lead Clinician)

Miranda Lane

Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care

Margaret Ford

Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care

Charlotte Rock

Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care

Liz Price

Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care

Kathleen Smith

Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist Palliative Care

Dr Christopher Kane

Specialist registrar (personnel in this training post change every six months)

Wali Nazar

Ethnic Minority Liaison Worker

Susan Marshall

Care of the Dying Educator

Tasleem Begum

Medical Secretary

Other team members may be called on, if required, including colleagues in psychology and chaplaincy.

Contact us

Referral or advice: 01274 364035

The team are based at: Room 103, C Floor, Field House Bradford Royal Infirmary

Out of Hours Service

Outside normal working hours, the ward team looking after you can telephone the palliative care consultant on-call for advice at any time if you need it.


Please view a location for further information, including opening and visiting times.

Field House Training Centre