How to Access Specialist Palliative Care
Access to palliative care services varies across the country. Many people involved in a patient's care may suggest that referral to Specialist Palliative Care team may be helpful, these include:
- Family members
- Allied Health Professionals
- Social worker
- Member of Clergy
Following discussion with the person living with the illness and/or their carers the primary doctor (G.P or main consultant) will usually send a palliative care team referral and a review will be arranged.
The primary doctor (G.P or main consultant) may seek input from the SPC team at any point throughout the lifespan of a condition, for a range of symptoms or issues, some of which are listed below.
- Pressure sores
- Swallowing difficulties
- Shortness of breath
- Reduced appetite