Our consultants work with the oncology teams at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske to provide joint clinics in the Sunrise oncology centre. These enable patients’ symptom and support issues to be addressed alongside their cancer treatments to ensure the best possible care at all stages of their illness.
We have a well established Pain and Palliative care service which enables patients with complex pain and palliative care needs to be assessed promptly in a joint clinic and have access to the most appropriate treatment, whether that is medication, interventional treatment such as nerve blocks, or physiotherapy and support.
Our consultants can also see patients as outpatients at the hospice units by referral from GPs or hospital consultants. Our specialist lymphoedema and physiotherapy teams see outpatients at both hospice sites.
We are able to offer outpatient treatments including blood transfusions and some drug treatments and procedures. This service is currently only available at Mount Edgcumbe Hospice though we hope to extend it in the future. Referral is by GPs or hospital teams.
We work closely together with the palliative care team at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals, with the teams at the community hospitals throughout Cornwall and with the Community Specialist Palliative Care Nurses. This means that patients can have a specialist palliative care review in any of the hospitals in Cornwall by a specialist nurse or a consultant, according to their needs.
In the Community
We provide a 24 hour/7 day specialist advice service for healthcare teams throughout Cornwall to support the care of patients, wherever they are. If a patient needs specialist review and is unable to be moved or travel, we can provide a consultant review at home, in a community hospital or care home at the request of the GP and community team. Our occupational therapists and sometimes our physiotherapists also review patients at home when needed.