Areas we help our patients and their families with include:
We also provide information and advice to other teams in the hospital, helping them in difficult or distressing clinical situations.
Although our practice is in adult specialist palliative care, we occasionally provide input and advice into the care of children with specialist palliative care needs.
Our team includes a consultant in palliative medicine and three specialist Palliative Care nurses. We also work extremely closely with the hospital’s oncology and specialist palliative care occupational therapists and speech and language therapists, as well as dietitians and spiritual care advisors.
We offer a seamless service between the inpatient team at Royal Cornwall Hospitals, and the community palliative care team, working closely together to ensure continuity of care for people as they come into or leave hospital.
Our specialist nurses are adopted by Macmillan. This means they receive access to Macmillan’s world-class training and resources for free.
Ward staff can refer inpatients to Palliative Care through MAXIMS. We aim to see all urgent patients referred to us within 24 hours. We also accept referrals from other healthcare professionals when their patients are being admitted to one of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals.
The Palliative Care team works across many different wards and departments, so the best way to contact them is to ask a member of staff on the ward to bleep 3055 or call the Royal Cornwall Switchboard between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.
The Cove Macmillan Cancer Support Centre
Offers advice and support on all aspects of living with cancer. The centre is on the Royal Cornwall Hospital site in Truro. Find out more here.
This local charity supports children and young people who have family members with a serious illness.
Visit their website.