End of life and palliative care

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Our Specialist Palliative Care team provides advice and support for patients with advanced life-limiting illnesses and their families and carers. 

Based at the Alexandra Hospital, Redditch and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, the team also provides clinical advice and education to professional staff like doctors and nurses.

We're here for you seven days a week

Specialist nurses are available for patients with complex needs or uncontrolled symptoms from 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekends and Bank Holidays.

What we offer

Advice and management of complex symptoms such as pain, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, breathlessness, fatigue (overwhelming tiredness)

Psychological support and advice to patients, carers and significant family members.

Advice and liaison with nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, chaplaincy, social services and other significant members involved in your care both in hospital and at home.

Liaison with local specialist palliative care services, hospices, day care services and community teams.

The opportunity to discuss preferences and wishes for future care planning.

Advice on practical matters like finances.

Meet the team

Meet the Palliative Care Team

Dr Nicola Heron

Consultant in Palliative Medicine

Alison Harrison

Deputy Divisional Director of Nursing & Countywide Lead Nurse for Palliative & End of Life Care

Tracy Shuck

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Karen Elliker

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Nicola Potter

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Rachel Timmis

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Juliette Fleming

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Hannah Cunliffe

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Sally Potts

Palliative Care Support Nurse

Avril Adams

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Kay Whitby

Lung Cancer Support Nurse

Shirley Hughes

Upper GI Clinical Nurse Specialist

Rachel Hodge

End of Life Care Facilitator

Tess Barley

End of Life Care Facilitator

Contact us

The Specialist palliative Care Team has bases at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and The Alexandra Hospital:

Worcestershire Royal Hospital – Tel: 01905 760182

Alexandra Hospital – Tel: 01527 512085

Macmillan Cancer Support

There are Macmillan Cancer Information ans Support Centres in the foyer of all 3 hospitals. At each centre you will find:

• A wide range of leaflets materials

• Free, confidential advice and support

• Guidance about benefits

• Information about local support groups

Contact Macmillan

• Alexandra Hospital – Angela Gillitt 01527 503030

• Worcestershire Royal Hospital – Kay Tandy 01905 733837

• Kidderminster Hospital & Treatment Centre – Nicola Perks 01562 513273

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