Palliative care means care provided to someone with a life limiting illness. It involves managing the physical symptoms, such as pain and also providing emotional and psychological support. Support is also provided to family and carers.
This guide will look at palliative care options across Buckinghamshire.
NHS Palliative Care in Buckinghamshire
NHS Buckinghamshire Healthcare Palliative Care Team
The NHS palliative care team at the Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust provide care in a number of settings. The trust work with the Florence Nightingale Hospice at Stoke Mandeville Hospital to run an inpatient and day hospice service.
The team is experienced and has highly trained clinical nurse specialists that help patients remain at home for as long as they wish.
To access Bucks Healthcare NHS trust palliative care services, please speak to your GP or healthcare professional involved in care plan and for more details, visit the Palliative and End of Life Care page on Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS.
An advance directive is also known as an advance statement. It outlines a person’s wishes for their future care plan. This means if someone becomes so unwell that they can no longer communicate, relatives and healthcare professionals know the right decisions to make on their behalf.
It is important to note that an advance directive is different from an advance decision (sometimes known as a living will or advance decision to refuse treatment). This is instead a decision to refuse certain medical treatments in the future.
For a full guide surrounding advance directives, please visit our Age Space page: Advance Directives and Living Wills.
Hospices in Buckinghamshire
Hospices are warm environments that provide palliative care. To access hospice care, your relative must be referred by a healthcare professional.
Florence Nightingale Hospice, Aylesbury
The Florence Nightingale Hospice, based in Aylesbury, provides specialist, palliative care. This includes managing complex psychical needs and supporting families with end-of-life decisions.
Care can be provided in the in-patient unit situated within the grounds of Stoke Mandeville Hospital, in patients own homes or through the day hospice service. The team also provide bereavement support, a lymphoedema clinic and therapies including occupational therapy.
South Buckinghamshire Community Hospice, High Wycombe
South Bucks Hospice at Butterfly House in High Wycombe is a leading community resource for patients living with a life-limiting illness. The hospice is a day service, meaning that the emphasis is on helping patients continue to live independently and comfortably.
Care is patient-centred and tailored around an individual’s needs. The team are specialised in providing palliative, pyschotherapeutic and lymphoedema care. They also work to support families and carers.
Willen Hospice, Milton Keynes
Willen Hospice in Milton Keynes provides a wide range of services to terminally ill people and their families. The team of specialist doctors and nurses have been caring for local families for over 40 years.
Services available include residential care, Willen at home and bereavement support. Willen care gives real comfort, eases pain and reduces stress and anxiety for patients and loved ones.
Rennie Grove Peace Hospice
Rennie Grove Peace is a hospice operating in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire that supports those with a life limiting illness and their families.
They offer ‘Compassionate Support Hubs’, which are drop-in sessions that provide a safe space for people affected by the diagnosis of a progressive, life-limiting illness to drop in and meet others for a drink and a friendly chat. These hubs have trained volunteers and staff members present who can offer information, guidance and signposting to all available services. As it is run on a drop-in basis, there is no need to pre-book.
For more information on other support Rennie Grove Peace Hospice can offer or the Compassionate Support Hubs service, you can visit the website or get in contact using the details provided below.
Bereavement Support Services in Buckinghamshire
When someone you love dies, knowing where to find support is so important. Across Buckinghamshire, there are a wealth of great charities offering counselling and support to help you through a difficult time. Please visit our guide to bereavement support in Buckinghamshire to find out more.