Over the years Hospice at Home West Cumbria has become affectionately known as the “Hospice without Walls” It continues to provide services traditionally found in a hospice building in people’s homes and their local community. This includes:
Referrals to our services are usually through a GP, District Nurse, palliative care specialist, clinical nurse specialist or occupational therapist working within the NHS. It is possible to self-refer however, we will always liaise with your GP of hospital consultant.
All referrals are considered and discussed with members of the multi-disciplinary team that meets on a weekly basis.
Once a patient has been accepted, a senior clinical staff member will create an appropriate and personalised plan of care and support. Once accepted, each patient and carer will be assessed and a personalised appropriate plan of care and support will be devised by one of our senior clinical staff.
Key to the success of Hospice at Home West Cumbria is its integration with the local specialist palliative care team.
Palliative care doctors, clinical nurse specialists and occupational therapists are all employed and funded by the local NHS but join with Hospice at Home staff to work as one fully joined up team. There are six clinical nurse specialists in palliative care working in West Cumbria; four in the community and two in West Cumberland Hospital. They are experts in pain and symptom control and offer support and advice to seriously/terminally ill patients, their families and professionals involved in their care. They also help and support newly diagnosed cancer patients.
A team of palliative care doctors, led by a Consultant in Palliative Medicine are also part of the team. They provide advice and support to GPs and hospital doctors and visit the patients and families with more complex needs.
In addition there is a specialist occupational therapist and an occupational therapy assistant who provide vital, timely response to patients who are struggling with aspects of daily living.
All members of the wider specialist palliative care team can be contacted through Hospice at Home West Cumbria who are located at Workington Community Hospital, Park Lane, Workington, CA14 2RW call us on 01900 705200.
Hospice at Home West Cumbria are dedicated to ensuring that our service users have the opportunity to feedback and comment on services we provide to them in our local community. In partnership with the trusted healthcare review site iWantGreatCare.org anyone who receives hospice care can now submit their feedback via the website.
If you are a beneficiary of our services and would like to review the care you have received please follow the link below.