Referral Information for GPs & Health Professionals

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, Out-Patients, St Gemma’s community team and In-Patient care.


To make a referral:

• SystmOne GP practices – please refer on SystmOne via the short questionnaire on the EPaCCS Support tab

• EMISS GP practices, either see referral on EPaCCS or complete the referral form and e-mail to stg.community@nhs.net

• LCH & LTHT professionals complete the referral form and e-mail to stg.community@nhs.net

If your referral is urgent, we would advise that you also ring the team on 0113 2185540 to ensure we can the gain sufficient information to offer a timely response.

In-patient referrals


  • 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 5 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.