Palliative care aims to improve the quality of life of patients and their families facing problems associated with any life-threatening illness. We work alongside other specialists involved in the patient’s care so that they can receive palliative care at the same time as receiving active treatment for their condition.

The service aims to provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms and offers support to help patients live as actively as possible until the end of their life. Importantly, the service also supports their family to cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement.

Your care

Palliative care teams work in all our hospitals and are also able to see patients in their own home, in outpatient clinics or in day hospices. There is also a palliative care unit for those patients who need to stay in hospital to receive this specialist care.

To be seen by the palliative care team you need to contact one of the professionals already involved in your care for example your GP, district nurse, hospital medical or nursing team. They can refer you to palliative care services if it is felt appropriate.

Palliative care in hospital

North Tyneside and Wansbeck general hospitals have their own dedicated palliative care teams. In Hexham General Hospital and the community hospitals, palliative care teams cover both the hospital and community.

Northumbria palliative care unit

This is a unit based at North Tyneside General Hospital that provides specialist care to patients who need to stay in hospital to receive palliative care. It has 19 beds that are all in single rooms with en-suite facilities. It is staffed by consultants, junior doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, social workers and physiotherapists. We can also provide chaplain and psychology support as appropriate.

Day hospice

There is a day hospice in North Tyneside offering patients the opportunity to attend weekly to have their palliative care needs addressed while living in their home environment.

Palliative care in the community

We recognise that not all patients will be well enough or able to attend hospitals for palliative medicine outpatient appointments. Such patients can be seen by a palliative care clinical nurse specialist / Macmillan nurse or palliative medicine consultant at home. Referrals can be made by your GP, district nurse or hospital team.

Patients can also be seen at home by other members of the palliative care team. Different teams cover different geographical areas, but this may include a social worker, occupational therapist or physiotherapist depending on your local team.

Clinics

Patients requiring consultant palliative medicine appointments can attend palliative medicine clinics at North Tyneside and Wansbeck general hospitals.

At North Tyneside General Hospital Dr Peel and Dr Paes hold palliative medicine clinics.

At Wansbeck General Hospital Dr Grogan has a palliative medicine clinic.

The team

Medical consultants

  • Dr Eleanor Grogan, consultant physician palliative medicine
  • Dr Paul McNamara, consultant physician palliative medicine
  • Dr Paul Paes, consultant physician palliative medicine
  • Dr Tim Peel, consultant physician palliative medicine

Our consultants work across North Tyneside and Northumberland community, Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck general hospitals and in our community hospitals.

North Northumberland palliative care team

  • Penny Bailey – specialist palliative care physiotherapist
  • Chris Foreman – palliative care clinical nurse specialist
  • Karen Richardson- palliative care clinical nurse specialist

North Tyneside palliative care team

  • Sally Adam – palliative care clinical nurse specialist, North Tyneside General Hospital
  • Allison Carver – specialist palliative care occupational therapist
  • Sonia Connors – specialist palliative care physiotherapist
  • Kirsty Dickson – occupational therapy assistant
  • Doreen Hall – palliative care clinical nurse specialist
  • Lilian Errington – specialist palliative care social worker
  • Gillian Evans - specialist palliative care occupational therapist
  • Beverley Ferguson – palliative care clinical nurse specialist, North Tyneside General Hospital
  • Lynn Forsyth – day hospice team leader
  • Pam Ransom – palliative care clinical nurse specialist
  • Julie Tekin – palliative care clinical nurse specialist

South East Northumberland palliative care team

  • Sue Coates- palliative care clinical nurse specialist
  • Philippa Green – palliative care clinical nurse specialist
  • Jane Laffan – specialist palliative care physiotherapist
  • Amanda Platt - palliative care clinical nurse specialist
  • Angela Thompson - palliative care clinical nurse specialist

Wansbeck General Hospital palliative care team

  • Sharon Hillock - palliative care clinical nurse specialist
  • Carol Moore - palliative care clinical nurse specialists

West Northumberland palliative care team

  • Liz Docchar – palliative care clinical nurse specialist
  • Jane Laffan – specialist palliative care physiotherapist
  • Clare Raffel – palliative care clinical nurse specialist

Your appointment

If you need to change your appointment please call 0344 811 8118 and one of our patient care advisors will help you re-arrange you appointment.

Contacts

If you have a question or concern, contact:

Consultants secretary: 0191 2354904

North Northumberland Palliative Care team: 01665 626713

North Tyneside Palliative Care team: 0191 2196716

South East Northumberland Palliative Care team: 01670 396119

Wansbeck Hospital Palliative Care team 01670 529541

West Northumberland Palliative Care team: 01434 604008
 
If you need help out of hours

If you need urgent medical advice at night or the weekend, please ring your out of hours GP or district nurse on 0300 123 1931 or look at our out of hours contact numbers for services. In an emergency dial 999.
 

Marie Curie @ Northumbria

Marie Curie @ Northumbria is a partnership which offers personalised and joined up care for our end of life and palliative patients in Northumberland and North Tyneside. Under the partnership we have expanded hospital palliative care liaison teams which offer specialist care to patients with palliative care needs across hospital wards. A unique role of the team is they are able to accompany patients home in the first 24 hours to provide support and continuity of care from hospital to home. Under the partnership a Rapid Response Palliative Care Service is supporting patients in North Tyneside to be treated and cared for at a setting of their choice in the community or at home. Macmillan Support Services also help to deliver the community aspect of our service. 

Find out more in our  Marie Curie @ Northumbria information leaflet or visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/northumbria-programme

 

 

Useful links

Macmillan cancer support 

Marie Curie 

Cancer Research 

National Council for Palliative Care 

MND Association