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Palliative care

Red leaves on branch - tree

The Hospital Palliative Care Team mainly see patients whose disease is incurable and work with the patients and families to improve quality of life and symptom control. Referrals are taken for patients with difficult symptoms, psychological distress and those who are dying. 

Our Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Team consists of a hospital-based team based at the Royal Infirmary, General and Glenfield Hospitals. The team provide a service to adults with palliative care needs within our hospitals and also in the outpatient clinic setting. 

The medical and nursing teams on the ward remain responsible for the person (patient’s) care and should be aware of all referrals to the Hospital Palliative Care Team.  

Referrals to the Palliative Care Team should usually be made by the ward teams, who are able to do this via the electronic referral system (the ICE clinical system). 

If you are a patient or family member and wish to speak to the palliative care team, please ask the ward to make a referral. 



Palliative Care Services outside of Hospital


Community Palliative Care Team


There are palliative care teams, including specialist nurses and doctors, who provide specialist support to people in the place where people live. They work with GPs, community nursing and other colleagues. 


 Hospices offer a range of specialist services providing physical, emotional and spiritual care for patients and their families.  Many hospice services are provided for people on an outpatient basis.  Some people go to the hospice to have this care provided to them on the hospice ward.

Further information about local hospices is listed below please click on the links to visit their websites:   

The Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice (LOROS)

LOROS offers a range of specialist services providing physical, emotional, social and spiritual care for patients and their families.  These include complementary therapies, family support and counselling.  LOROS also provides palliative day therapy. 

For further information please call 0116 231 3771. 

Marie Curie

Marie Curie Nurses provide care for patients in their home, day or night.  They have nine hospices at the heart of communities in and around the UK.  They also have trained volunteers and advisors to provide practical information and support when you don't know what to do next or need to talk.

For further information please call the support line on 0800 090 2309

Dove Cottage Day Hospice

Dove Cottage Day Hospice is an independent organisation offering high quality palliative daycare to people living in North East Leicestershire, Rutland and South East Nottinghamshire, as well as offering vital respite to the main carer.  

For further information please call 01949 860303.                 

Rainbows Children's Hospice

Provides specialist respite stays, symptom management, palliative and end-of-life care to children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. Their families, too, are supported and helped by Rainbows.  Services include sibling support, music therapy and complementary therapies.   

For further information please call 01509 638000.

For information about hospices outside Leicestershire and Rutland please contact the following organisation:   

Hospice UK

Is the national charity for hospice care and provides information about hospices outside of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Click on the link above and enter your postcode to find a hospice near you or alternatively telephone: 020 7520 8200

Organisations providing further information and support can be obtained by clicking on the links below: 

Dying Matters

Macmillan Information and Support Centre

The Laura Centre


Winston's Wish


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