Palliative Care in Hertfordshire

Palliative Care in Hertfordshire

Palliative Care in HertfordshirePalliative care, or end-of-life care, is specialist support for people who are coming towards the end of their life. This type of care tends to focus on ensuring that people are as comfortable as possible at this time. Palliative care includes emotional and spiritual support, as well as physical help.

End-of-life care in Hertfordshire is delivered in a number of settings, including hospice in-patient wards, in individuals’ homes, in hospitals, and from day centres. Whatever type of palliative care support your relative requires, it can be delivered from a location most suitable for them.

This page will guide you through the palliative care support available for people coming to the end of their life in Hertfordshire, including support from the NHS and Hertfordshire’s various hospices. For a more general overview of end-of-life care, you may be interested in the Age Space Guide to End of Life Care and Planning.

NHS Palliative Care in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust: Specialist Palliative Care Team

NHS palliative care in Hertfordshire

The Specialist Palliative Care Team provide expertise in pain and symptom control management, alongside emotional and spiritual support for both the patient and those they love. They work in an integrated way with other community health care professionals to manage and co-ordinate an agreed, personalised plan of care. The types of care you can expect from these services include:

  • Helping patients and their families to cope with diagnosis, illness, and disease progression.
  • Managing physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs.
  • Managing pain and symptoms.
  • Supporting patients and families to access other services such as financial advice or spiritual care.
  • Care for patients and their families throughout illness, death and into bereavement.

The team serves the North Hertfordshire, Stevenage and Royston areas of Hertfordshire. For more information, you can visit their website or get in touch through the details provided.

North & East Hertfordshire NHS Trust: Palliative & End of Life Care

The North & East Hertfordshire NHS Trust’s specialist palliative care team work solely with patients who have life limiting illnesses, offering:

  • Advice on symptom management.
  • Advice on living with life limiting illness.
  • Holistic assessment and advance care planning.
  • Information and signposting for patients and families, including financial matters.
  • Emotional and psychological support for patients and families.
  • Referrals to community services – for example district nurses, community palliative care specialists/hospice services.
  • Support for patients and families in the last days of life.
  • Bereavement support.

The palliative care team works closely with other professionals and services to ensure that care is as seamless as possible.

For more information, you can visit the NHS website or get in touch with them through the details below.

They also offer an out-of-hours advice line for North, East & West Hertfordshire:

  • North Hertfordshire: 01462 679540
  • East Hertfordshire: 01707 382575
  • West Hertfordshire: 0203 826 2377

Advance Directives

An Advance Directive is a document that an individual can write towards the end of their life in order to outline what medical treatment they would or would not want to receive as their condition deteriorates. In most cases, this is in regards to certain forms of life-sustaining treatments at points when they are no longer able to express their wishes. You can read more about Advance Directives through Age Space’s Guide to Advance Directives.

Hospices in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is fortunate enough to have a number of good hospice services available for its residents. These hospices can provide palliative care and emotional support in a range of settings, including day services, in-patient units and help in the home. It is best to discuss options with a medical professional involved in your relative’s care before seeking out hospice services, though most hospices do accept self-referrals.

You can find out more about each of the hospices in Hertfordshire below.

Garden House Hospice Care, North Hertfordshire

garden house hospice care hertfordshireGarden House Hospice Care provide palliative care services for people living throughout North Hertfordshire. They provide a range of services, including an in-patient unit, day services and hospice at home.

Garden House Hospice Care also a Family Support Service for the families of the patients that they are looking after. They are able to offer support for wherever you are in the journey and provide timely and appropriate support.

Garden House Hospice have a 24 hour palliative care helpline on 01462 416794. This helpline can provide advice and support at times when your GP or usual health professional is not available.

Isabel Hospice, East Hertfordshire

isabel hospice east hertfordshire

Isabel Hospice provides a range of services from their in-patient unit, patients’ homes and in community settings across East Hertfordshire. They also offer a ‘Living Well With Isabel’ program designed to help manage the challenges of living with serious, life-limiting conditions through their occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

There is also support available for carers and family-members. This includes a bereavement helpline and counselling for adults and children. You can contact the Isabel Family Support Services on 01707 382563.

St. Clare Hospice, East Hertfordshire Border

st clare hospice east hertfordshire

St. Clare Hospice provides care for people across West Essex and both sides of the East Hertfordshire border, including Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth. They provide free, compassionate care in a range of settings for patients. This includes community services, activities and groups, help in the home and an in-patient unit for individuals at the very end of their life.

Rennie Grove Peace, West Hertfordshire

rennie grove hospice care west hertfordshire

Rennie Grove Peace Hospice Care provides specialist care and support for adults and children with life-limiting illnesses in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Their range of services include hospice-at-home care in some areas of Hertfordshire, an inpatient care in Watford and diagnosis support. You can find more information on their services through their website or by getting in touch.

Hospice of St. Francis, West Hertfordshire

hospice of st francis west hertfordshire

The Hospice of St Francis, based in Berkhamsted, provides palliative care services to people living in West Hertfordshire. This care can be delivered in their short-stay inpatient unit, in individuals’ homes, or from their health and wellbeing hub (the Spring Centre). At the Spring Centre, your relative can benefit from a wide number of day services including physiotherapy, creative therapy and spiritual support.

Bereavement Support Services in Hertfordshire

The loss of a loved one can be extremely difficult to come to terms with and it is important to look after yourself and your family. There are a number of organisations in Hertfordshire providing bereavement support services, including many of the hospices mentioned previously.

The type of support available from bereavement support organisations includes counselling, support groups and memorial services. You can find out more from our guide to bereavement support services in Hertfordshire.