The Palliative Care team has a clinical and educational role at 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.
The team also works closely with the palliative care teams at two local hospices (Marie Curie, Bradford, and Sue Ryder, Manorlands in Oxenhope).
You may meet a member of the specialist palliative care team at any stage of your illness.
The team will not take over your care (except in a hospice), but will work 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. Members of the team can see any patient with life-limiting illness, not just those with cancer.
Other team members may be called on, if required, including colleagues in psychology and chaplaincy.
Palliative Care is the care given to people who have a life-limiting illness that cannot be cured and may get worse over time. Patients may, however, be on treatments to slow progression of the illness.
Palliative care aims to help with pain or other troublesome symptoms and look at ways of helping and supporting patients, their families and friends.
Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals will work with you to help improve the management of any symptoms you may have and help you 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.
You need to be referred by a senior doctor or nurse on the ward where you are having treatment.
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, hospice or hospital.
If they need to share information with other healthcare professionals, they will ask your permission first. 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.