Palliative care teams are specially trained teams of nurses, doctors and other professionals that can help patients whose life expectancy is limited, due to conditions such as advanced cancer, heart and lung disease and some conditions of the nervous system.
Teams work with patients, their carers and their own doctors and nurses to provide expert help with pain and other troublesome symptoms and to look at ways of providing help and support in all aspects of life.
Palliative care input can be helpful even if treatment to slow progression of the illness are still being given (such as chemotherapy).
What is available?
Palliative care teams work here at Airedale hospital, at Manorlands hospice and also visit patients at home.
There is also a day unit based at Manorlands hospice with a full team of professionals.