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Who we are

The Specialist Palliative Care Service support patients who have complex or unmanaged symptoms, require psychological and spiritual support both for yourself and those important to you or if you require support with advance care planning. 

Our service aims to support and empower patients to live as well as possible until they die, and to die with dignity.

In most cases patients will already be receiving support from the district nursing teams linked with your GP surgery who will remain the main care providers in your care. 

The Specialist Palliative Care Team provides care to adults aged over 18, who are registered with a Knowsley and St Helens GP and who have been diagnosed with a palliative condition.

GPs, consultants and oncology teams, district nurses, hospital palliative care team, all hospices in the local area, other clinical nurse specialist who you might see in hospital, social services, nursing and residential homes. 

Patients will initially be referred by a healthcare professional such as GP, district nurse or the Macmillan nurse from hospital. Once you have been assessed by the team and transferred back to your district nurse/GP, you can then re-contact the service yourself. 

You will either be visited at home or invited to a clinic appointment where you will be assessed, and together with you, a plan of care will be completed. You may receive follow up reviews until your care has been completed or transferred back to the District Nursing Service. Again, this could be at home or in a clinic.