The aim of this service is to enable choice for patients to remain at home, if this is their preference, and to respond to clinical deterioration in times of need.
HCAH provides practical palliative nursing for patients who have symptomatic needs at the end of their life and support for their families.
Direct referrals to the service can be made using the SWSH Cancer Network Specialist Palliative Care referral form. Referral may be considered for patients who are appropriate for specialist palliative care and:
The service may also be appropriate for patients who clinically deteriorate rapidly or who experience a psychosocial crisis and need additional support to stay at home, even if life expectancy is thought to be longer than a few weeks.