Palliative care information

What is Palliative care?

Palliative Care is a term that is used to describe the care given to people who have an illness that is not possible to cure and 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/friends.

Who provides Palliative Care?

Your GP, hospital doctor, nurse and other health care professional should be able to 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 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 symptoms control as well as support and guidance to yourself and your family coping with the overall situation.

Specialist Palliative Care Services

Specialist palliative care services across the Airedale, Bradford and Craven districts are provided by several teams who work together. Your GP, district nurse or hospital team can put you in touch with these.

All the specialist teams have strong links with each other and with your consent have access to your electronic patient records. If you would like a written record of any consultation or visit, please let your key palliative care professional know.

Who will have access to my information?

Your information will be held on a computer system and be available to staff caring for you. 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.

Out of hours service

In addition to the normal working hours of the teams there is a 24-hour, 7 days a week consultant on call service which your doctor or nurse can call for advice via hospices.

Patients who live in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven can also be referred to the Gold Line service for additional telephone support and care co-ordination.