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 going.
This guide will look at palliative care options across Buckinghamshire.
- NHS Palliative Care in Buckinghamshire
- Advance Directives
- Hospices in Buckinghamshire
- Bereavement Support Services in Buckinghamshire
NHS Palliative Care in Buckinghamshire
NHS Bucks 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.
There are two community specialist palliative care service teams based at the Florence Nightingale Hospice and Marlow Health Centre. These teams are experienced and highly trained clinical nurse specialists and 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.
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 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.
Address: Florence Nightingale Hospice, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Mandeville Road, Aylesbury, HP21 8AL
Telephone: 01296 332 600
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 emphasis is on helping patients continue to live independently and comfortably.
Care is patient-centred and tailored around an individuals needs. The team are specialised in providing palliative, pyschotherapeutic and lymphoedema care. They also work to support families and carers.
Address: Butterfly House, Kingswood Park, High Wycombe, HP13 6GR
Telephone: 01494 552750
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 doctos and nurses have been caring for local families for almost 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.
Address: Willen Hospice, Milton Road, Willen Village, Milton Keynes, MK15 9AB
Telephone: 01908 663636
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.