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Palliative care

What is palliative care?
Palliative care does not cure illness, but helps you live with its effects. The goal is to prevent and relieve suffering and to improve quality of life for people facing serious, complex illness.

The aims of palliative care are to:

  • control pain and other distressing symptoms

  • help patients and families cope with the emotional upset and practical problems of the situation

  • help people to deal with spiritual questions which may arise from their illness

  • support families and friends in their bereavement

When and where is palliative care available?
Palliative care can help at all stages of your illness, from diagnosis onwards, but is especially helpful when a cure is no longer possible.    

Palliative care is available in all three of Leicester’s hospitals and in the community.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) information
There is a specialist Palliative Care Team, consisting of nurse specialists (also referred to as Macmillan nurses), consultants and specialist registrars, in each of our hospitals.  The palliative care service aims to enhance the quality of life for those with life-limiting illnesses, delivering a comprehensive specialist service, which is easily accessible for patients, families, carers and healthcare professionals.    

Our Palliative Care Patient Information Group has produced a series of leaflets relating to palliative care:

Hospital Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Team (cancer)

Hospital Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Team (non-cancer) 

Anxiety

Breathlessness

Constipation

Nausea and vomiting

Pain and pain relief

Poor appetite and weight loss

Community Palliative Care Team
Each GP surgery has a community palliative care nurse specialist who works with the GP team in order to provide palliative care services to patients across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. These nurses are sometimes called Macmillan nurses or LOROS community nurses. 

Hospices
Hospices specialise in controlling pain and other symptoms. They are smaller and quieter than hospitals, and often work at a much gentler pace. For information about hospices both in the local area and further afield please click on the link above.

Click on the coloured text links below for more information which may be of help:          

Further information
If you would like more information, including details of how to be referred to a nurse specialist, please contact the Cancer Information Centre.   Alternatively, click on the heading above for details of other organisations that may be able to help you.    

Palliative care information in languages other than English
If your preferred language is not English please click on the heading above to find out if there is any relevant information available.

Further information in languages other than English
To find out if there is any other information about cancer, cancer treatments and living with cancer available in your preferred language, please click on the heading above, or contact the Cancer Information Centre.

This page last reviewed 28/01/2014