Palliative Care Team, Health Visitor, and Community Matron
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 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
The Community Matron Teams provide services to patients with long term health conditions and complex needs. The team provide home visits and telephone advice tailored to meet patients’ needs. Services are available to all patients aged 18 or over who have a confirmed diagnosis of a long term condition. 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.