Specialist Palliative Care Team
Macmillan Consultant Palliative Medicine | Lead clinician: Dr A Hiersche
Lead Clinical Nurse for Palliative and End of Life Care: Steve Bass
Macmillan Consultant Palliative Medicine: Dr L Mason
Consultant Palliative Medicine: Dr C Skinner [PRH]
Consultant Palliative Medicine: Dr K Sharma [PRH]
Macmillan Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Specialists:
Macmillan Occupational therapists:
Macmillan Palliative Care Secretary:
The palliative care team at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust provide symptom management and support for people confronting serious illnesses. Our team is made up of speciality trained Consultants in Palliative Medicine, Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialists, Macmillan Occupational Therapists and an administration team. We work together with a patient’s treating oncologist or medical team to help improve the quality of life for both the patient and the people who matter most to them.
What is palliative care?
Palliative care is a speciality that aims to achieve the best possible quality of life of people living with serious and often life threatening illness, by addressing physical, emotional, spiritual, social and information needs. Palliative care maybe the main focus of care or can be combined with other treatments aimed at reducing or curing a cancer. It can be introduced at any time in a cancer illness, including from diagnosis, should that be appropriate.
What services are available?
We provide support to in-patients in all areas at both the Princess Royal Hospital and Royal Sussex County Hospital, including the Howard 1 oncology ward (link). We see in-patients on referral of the medical team managing their care in the hospital. Patients can request that their medical team refers to our service.. The Consultants in Palliative Medicine provide out-patient clinics in the Sussex Cancer Centre and work closely with the Acute Oncology Service.
Our specialist team can offer help through:
- Assessment and treatments to help manage symptoms related to your cancer, or its treatment, should they occur e.g. pain, nausea, breathlessness.
- Information and advice on social, practical and financial issues.
- Providing psychological support and advice to you and those most important to you
- Providing help with spiritual and cultural needs.
- Referring you to other services which may be helpful e.g. to a community palliative care team in your area.
- Advising those coordinating your discharge from hospital.
- We also support patients who are in the hospital in the last days of life or when they are dying.
How do I contact the palliative care team?
In-patients who are being seen regularly by our service will be allocated a ‘Key Worker’ within our team. That person will be your main contact in the team especially if you have concerns or questions. Our team works from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. You can contact the team during this time on: 01273 523021. Out of hours, you can leave a non-urgent message on the answer machine.
If you are at home and need advice, please contact your Community Palliative Care Team or GP.
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