Specialist Community Palliative Care is provided by specialist nurses and supported by a Palliative Medicine Consultant. They will meet you either in your own home or through a ‘virtual meeting’ online. The service works closely with your primary healthcare team, including your GP, public health nurse (PHN), social services and the acute hospital team. Your GP remains your primary carer and has the overall management of your care.
Our goal is to complement their role, with our specialist knowledge and experience. We do not to replace or duplicate their work. We provide advice and support for you and your family / carers, to help you to be as well as possible at home, for as long as possible.
The community palliative care service is delivered in different ways to give you choice and flexibility. As your needs change you may be introduced to different parts of our palliative care services where your needs will be best met. These include:
What happens at a first review?
A Clinical Nurse Specialist will arrange to meet with you and your family either face-to-face or at a ‘virtual meeting’ online. At this review we will take a detailed record of your circumstances. This will include assessing how you feel, both physically and emotionally. We will explain the service and begin to formulate a plan of care with you. We will make contact with your GP to discuss your care needs and offer advice and support. Arrangements for the next review will be agreed with you.
What happens at the next review?
We will provide you and your family with an opportunity to discuss any worries or concerns in relation to your illness, treatment plan or medications, and review your progress.
We will work closely with your GP, PHN and acute hospital team. We will also provide information on the other services that are available at OLH&CS, or other organisations such as the Irish Cancer Society night nursing service or the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association.