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Specialist Palliative Care Team

Our Specialist Palliative Care Team  consists of a hospital-based team 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 Specialist Palliative Care Team  is made up of palliative care consultants, registrars and clinical nurse specialists, all with experience in working with patients with life-limiting illness.

The team provides an advisory and advocacy service to patients and staff including:


  •  Evidence-based, individualised symptom control 
  •  Complex psychosocial care
  • Liaison with other specialist palliative care services for people with advanced disease and those close to them 
  •  End of life and palliative care education programmes and support
  •  Monitoring practice and supporting the organisation to provide best evidence based care 
  •  Developing and innovating person centred care
  •  End of life care
The team does not take over the overall management of patients who are referred, but works alongside the medical and surgical teams caring for that patient and offering specialist advice and assessment.

The Specialist Palliative Care Team is available 9-5pm Monday to Friday to support teams with providing palliative and end of life care across the Trust where the needs of patients or families are particularly complex.  Referrals to the Specialist Palliative Care Team can be made by the doctors or nurses looking after the patient on any ward at University Hospitals of Leicester.

The team can provide face to face reviews of patients and can also advise over the telephone.

There is a limited service for urgent referrals between 9-5pm at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

We are committed to delivering a high-quality service that promotes quality of life, informed patient choice and treats patients and their carers with respect and dignity at all times.

The team can be contacted via the following telephone numbers:

  • Glenfield Hospital: 0300 303 1573 and ask for extension 3540
  • General Hospital: 0300 303 1573 and ask for extension 4680
  • Royal Infirmary: 0300 303 1573 and ask for extension 5414