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What is palliative care?

Palliative care does not cure your cancer or illness. Instead it aims to ease symptoms and any troubling effects of your treatments such as pain, breathlessness, tiredness or sickness, and to help you feel better both physical and emotionally.

We may offer you palliative care at any stage during your illness. But it is particularly important if your treatment is no longer working, or not working so well, because good symptom management can help you to live longer and to live comfortably even if we cannot cure you.

If we think palliative care will help you, you will be referred to our Palliative Care team. Our team includes a consultant doctor and nurse, clinical nurse specialists, pharmacist, occupational therapists and pastoral care team.

We work in all areas of the hospital, including emergency department, intensive care, the wards and in out-patient clinics. You can be referred to us for palliative care by the team looking after you in the hospital, or you could ask for a referral yourself.

The Palliative Care team support you and your family while you are in hospital and once you go home if this is required, ensuring you have a link to the care you need, when you need it. We offer lots of different support including:

  • supporting you and your family and carers to help you manage your illness

  • helping you to manage your symptoms, such as pain, sickness and breathlessness

  • explaining the treatment options you may be offered

  • offering information on social, practical and financial issues

  • providing specialist advice to those involved in planning your discharge from hospital

  • offering bereavement support and follow-up.

      

The Time Garden at Frimley Park

The garden is available from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week. The garden has been provided for use of patients who are at a palliative stage in their illness or approaching the end of their life. The garden provides a secluded space for quiet contemplation, spiritual reflection and privacy for both patients and their family and friends.