The local Palliative Care Team specialise in caring for patients living with cancer or a life limiting illness. The team offers support for both patients and their family or carer and aims to improve quality of life by relieving symptoms, which may be physical or emotional. Symptoms may include pain, nausea, anxiety and reduced activity levels and appetite.
The team consists of Macmillan nurses, dietician, occupational therapist and a specialist therapy technician. The team can also access other services to support patients. Referrals to the team are usually made by the patients GP, or district nurse.
Primary Care Mental Health and Counselling Services
If the doctor makes a referral to this specialist team they will then contact the patient to try and arrange the appropriate level of service.
There is also a list of non-NHS services available which can be obtained from the surgery.
Physiotherapy Physio Direct 01609 783388
A leaflet explaining the service is available from reception. Following advice from Physio Direct an appointment to see a community physiotherapist may be offered. Alternatively the GP may refer to the physiotherapist.