What is palliative care?
Palliative care is defined by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) as follows:
'Palliative care is the active holistic care of patients with advanced progressive illness. Management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social and spiritual support is paramount. The goal of palliative care is achievement of the best quality of life for patients and their families. Many aspects of palliative care are also applicable earlier in the course of the illness in conjunction with other treatments.'
Palliative care aims to:
- Affirm life and regard dying as a normal process
- Provide relief from pain and other distressing symptoms
- Integrate the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care
- Offer a support system to help patients live as actively as possible until death
- Offer a support system to help the family cope during the patient’s illness and in their own bereavement
Palliative Care Directory
When you’re first diagnosed with a life‐limiting condition, it can be difficult to remember all of the information and advice offered to you by the different healthcare professionals that you see.
The Palliative Care Directory brings together much of this information in one place that you can keep at hand to refer to as and when you need it. It is one of a series of booklets produced in North Lincolnshire to support patients, families and carers whilst living with a life‐limiting condition and after death. Please contact the Macmillan Information Centre, Scunthorpe General Hospital for further details about the range of booklets and other information available:
Direct dial number: (01724) 387878
And multi-access generic mailbox for email enquiries:
For national information and advice, visit the National Council for Palliative Care website.