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How to Access Specialist Palliative Care

 How do I Access 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:

  • Patient
  • Family members
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • 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.

Who Arranges Palliative Care ?

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.

  • Pain
  • Pressure sores
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Constipation
  • Reduced appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Night Nursing Services For Non Cancer Patients

The Irish Hospice Foundation funds the ‘nurses for night care service‘ for people dying with diseases other than cancer. This service provides nursing care, practical support and reassurance for the person and for their families in the last days of their life.


Updated 07/19/2017

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