There is a Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care (SPC) team who provide an advisory service to any adult patient with advanced, progressive life-limiting illness and complex needs within the acute trust.
Palliative care is defined as the active holistic care of patients with advanced, progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount.
The goal of the Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care team is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families.
The team is supported by Macmillan Cancer Support and consists of four Palliative Medicine Consultants, a team of Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists, Macmillan social workers, a palliative care pharmacist and a chaplain, supported by an MDT coordinator/data manager.
The team is based in the Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology and visits inpatients at Castle Hill Hospital and Hull Royal Infirmary on a flexible as needed basis.
The team accept referrals from across the Trust and referrals are assessed by a member of the team within 1 working day of referral.
The SPC Multi-Disciplinary Team is held every Wednesday. Consultant led outpatient clinics are available on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings.
The team actively support staff on all wards across the Trust in providing good end of life and palliative care. We liaise with other Specialist Palliative Care service providers in the locality, including Dove House Hospice.