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Info For Healthcare Professionals

Referring a patient

Patients are usually referred to Hospice when the complexity of the illness needs the services of a specialist palliative care team.  The immediate aim then is to achieve control of symptoms and to give social, psychological and spiritual support to the patient and family.  If you feel a patient may benefit from any of our services, please contact our Community Liaison Sister, Marieanne Barry on Telephone (028) 3026 7711 or alternatively email: info@southernareahospiceservices.org

Referrals are accepted from Hospital Consultants, General Practitioners (GP’s) and through CCG gateway. 

Every patients needs are different and depending on the reason for referral, the appropriate staff member will make contact with the patient and agree an appointment with the relevant service.  This may include a visit to Hospice, one of our Outpatient clinics, Day Hospices or a community visit.

For urgent advice and guidance, healthcare professionals may contact the Hospice directly on Tel: (028) 3026 7711.

Referral Criteria

The referrer must be satisfied that the person they are referring has an advanced and progressing life limiting illness with:

  • Unresolved complex physical, emotional, social or spiritual symptoms despite previous interventions; and/or
  • Patient/carer is in need of specialist end of life support including terminal care and bereavement services; and/or
  • A need for specialist palliative rehabilitation with clear functional goals; and/or
  • A need for a proposed period of respite provided by specialist palliative care in the case of emergency crisis situations, as per local specialist palliative care provider policy.