If you have an illness that sadly cannot currently be cured, palliative care provides you with support in the last years, months or weeks of your life.
People who are approaching the end of their life are entitled to quality, compassionate care that takes into account their own wishes and preferences about where this takes place, or the amount and type of intervention. Support of the immediate family, carers, and close supporters goes hand in hand with this.
If you are being cared for at home or in a care home, as GPs we will have overall responsibility for your medical care, along with our community nurses. Our role can include identifying patients approaching the end of life, assessment of their needs, care planning and prescribing. Depending on your needs, you may also have other people involved in your end of life care such as therapists or staff from the hospital or hospice.
Our aim is always to make you are as comfortable as possible, by managing pain and other distressing symptoms such as nausea. We will liase with other healthcare professionals including specialists who can provide advice on specific conditions or individual situations.
We work closely with Mountbatten Hampshire who provide a wide range of services including a day centre, bereavement support, counselling and Hospice at Home services.