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Palliative care to improve the quality of life of patients and their families with serious or life-threatening illness.
Palliative care clinicians look after patients with many different conditions, including cancer and non cancer diagnoses, such as chronic lung conditions, heart failure, long term neurological conditions and renal failure.
Palliative cancer care may be appropriate for patients during any stage of their illness. This may include those undergoing potentially curative treatment and those living with chronic diseases, or patients who are nearing the end of life.
The aims of palliative care are to address the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social concerns that arise with advanced illness. This can help to relieve the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness — whatever the prognosis.
The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work alongside your main consultant to provide an extra layer of support.
Specialist Palliative Cancer Care Clinicians are highly experienced in providing:
You can make an out-patient appointment directly with one of the consultants at your local BMI Healthcare hospital or if you prefer, you can ask your GP to refer you (this will be necessary if you have private medical insurance).
You will benefit from:
The palliative medicine consultant will review your current list of medication and make suggestions to you and your GP as to the best choices for managing your symptoms.
In-patients may also be referred to the palliative care team by the consultant managing their care and the palliative medicine consultant will come and see them on the ward.
We also have a team of extremely experienced clinical nurse specialists in palliative care who are available to support patients and their families and provide a vital communication link between the hospital services and your general practitioner and community healthcare teams.
For further information or to book a consultation or treatment, please get in touch with our cancer enquiries team: Call us on 0800 157 7747
Content reviewed: October 2014