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Palliative Care Team, Health Visitor, and Community Matron

Palliative Care

Palliative care involves providing care to relieve suffering, focussing on controlling pain and other symptoms particularly for those whose conditions are progressive and incurable.  Some people may need specialist palliative care support, which can be provided by teams of health professionals working from hospitals or in the community.  Family support services for carers, relatives and friends are available, your GP, District Nurse or Hospital Consultant will be able to access these services for you.  

Health Visitor

Health Visitors are based at your GP surgery and are able to help you as a Carer by providing:

  • Information on health and on illness prevention
  • Access to screening services
  • Support to parents of disabled children giving advice on care, support services, benefits and adaptations for disabled children.

Community Matrons

The Community Matron Teams provide services to patients with long term health conditions and complex needs, and/or aged over 75.  The team provide coordinated care tailored to meet patients’ needs.  Referrals are made via health care professionals such as your GP or hospital consultant.  The aims of the team are to:

  • Ensure the best care for patients with chronic and complex health conditions.
  • Enable patients to take greater control of their condition and lifestyle.
  • Provide patient centred treatment and support for them and their carers’.
  • Reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and GP visits.
  • Co-ordinate and plan delivery of health and social care services.
  • Make sure that all healthcare adheres to national guidelines.
  • Work with palliative care teams and district nurses to manage end of life care.
  • Help improve the quality of life for patients and carers.

Community Rehabilitation Team

The community rehabilitation team bring together the services of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and specialist rehab nurses to provide support and guidance to people recovering from injury or illness to enable you or the person you care for to live as independently as possible. They are also able to bring in the services of speech and language therapists or social care workers if necessary. Support is available short term (usually up to six weeks) or for more long term conditions. Short term support in Bournemouth and Poole is delivered by the Intermediate Care Service, support for people with long term conditions is delivered by the Long-Term Conditions Therapy Team. Throughout the rest of Dorset both short and long term support is delivered by the Community Rehabilitation Team.  Referral is via your GP or health care professional; further information is available from:  

http://www.dorsethealthcare.nhs.uk/patients-and-visitors/our-services-hospitals/physical-health/rehabilitation.

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