Your main contact at the hospice will be your Hospice Community Nurse Specialist. The same nurse will support you and your family throughout your illness, allowing you to build up a trusting relationship, which is vital to your care.
Your Hospice Community Nurse Specialist will:
- support you in your own home (which could include care homes) throughout your illness;
- work with and advise your GP, district nurse and other healthcare and social care workers to ensure that you receive effective pain and symptom relief, emotional and spiritual support, and help with accessing financial or other support as needed;
- advise you on all of the hospice’s services;
- liaise with other teams or refer you to another service to ensure you have access to every level of support that you, your family and your nurse feel will be beneficial; and
- have extensive knowledge of palliative care and will share that knowledge (either by running courses or simply offering advice and support).
Your Hospice Community Nurse Specialist will speak to you and your family about the level of your ongoing support, which will be unique to you.
If your symptoms become more settled, you could be discharged from your Hospice Community Nurse Specialist’s active caseload. If this happens, please be assured that you will still have open access to our hospice services.
If you have any questions, or if you feel you need support after you’ve been discharged, contact your Hospice Community Nurse Specialist.