Services Home Nursing

Home Nursing

The Hospice at Home Nursing Team exists to complement
and enhance services already available in the community for patients suffering from cancer or other life threatening
illnesses.

The Support Team is made up of Registered General Nurses and Health Care Support Workers who have received additional training in Palliative Care.

The Hospice at Home Nursing Service provides:

  • Direct nursing care to patients during their illness.
  • The Hospice at Home nursing team work closely with the District Nursing teams, Social Services and other statutory and voluntary services to deliver care to the patient at home.
  • Psychological and spiritual support for families/carers and patients suffering from an advanced life threatening illness where treatment has changed from curative to palliative.
  • The Hospice at Home nursing team spends time with the patient/family/carers listening and supporting them during their illness.
  • Assistance and advice with symptom management to patients, their families and primary care teams.
  • The Hospice at Home nursing team have received additional training regarding symptom management and are able to advise regarding pain, nausea and other symptoms that may occur during the illness. The Hospice at Home team is an integral part of the Palliative Care Department and work closely with the other members e.g. consultants, other medical staff, occupational therapists and physiotherapists to improve the care of the patient and family.
  • Assistance and advice in obtaining grants / benefits and other social support.
  • The Hospice at Home nursing team can signpost the patient/family/carer to other relevant services.
  • The Hospice at Home Nursing Service is involved in educational aspects of Palliative Care.
  • The Hospice at Home nursing team can undertake educational sessions for other professionals statutory and voluntary as and when requested.