Patients with active, progressive and advanced disease are eligible for hospice services. This includes patients with both malignant disease and non-malignant diseases for example, cancer, heart disease, lung disease and neurological diseases.
Hospice services include Day Services (which includes Day Hospice and Out-Patients), St Gemma’s community team and In-Patient care.
Referrals for the In-Patient Unit, Day Hospice and to St Gemma’s community team are made on the same referral form. Currently referral forms need to be faxed (number on form) but if your referral is urgent, making a telephone call to the specific service as well as faxing the form is helpful to ensure we gain sufficient information to offer a timely response.
Patients at home are assessed by the St Gemma’s community team. Patients in hospital who wish to be referred to the In-Patient Unit need to be assessed by the Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team who then forward a referral.
Referrals are considered at a meeting held each weekday morning. Urgent referrals (i.e. requests for admission that day) for patients in their own homes are considered on an individual basis based on a variety of factors including patient needs and availability of beds.
Nurse-led end of life care beds
Within St Gemma’s In-Patient Unit, we have 4 nurse-led, end of life care beds. The beds offer the choice to patients whose wish is to die in a hospice and who do not have complex symptoms or specialist palliative care needs, but who require nursing care from highly trained nurses and healthcare assistants.
St Gemma’s Community Team & Day Hospice referrals
Referrals are responded to within 2 working days. However, if you consider a patient needs a more urgent assessment, please contact the team directly on 0113 218 5540. The St Gemma’s community team service runs 7 days a week, 8.30am to 5pm.
For referral advice:
Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm please call 0113 218 5540 At other times please call the Nurse in Charge on 0113 218 5511