Community support FAQs
These are some of our frequently asked questions about the hospice care and services we provide
What is palliative care?
Palliative care aims to help people with life-limiting illness, as well as their family and friends, achieve the best quality of life possible. At St Peter & St James Hospice, we’ll assess your physical, psychological and spiritual needs and treat these accordingly.
Do I have to pay?
We’re often confused with Macmillan nurses, but we do not receive any funding from Macmillan and only a limited amount from the government. Through donations, legacies, events and other gifts, our generous community cover over 80% of our running costs, meaning hospice care is free of charge to patients, their family and friends.
When can I contact the Community team?
Our nurses work seven days a week. However, at weekends and on bank holidays, with the exception of 25th December, there is one nurse on duty to provide telephone advice and support. If needed, we will liaise with District Nurses and the out-of-hours GP service to support you.
We will always try to ensure that urgent problems are addressed as quickly as possible. If you need support outside of office hours then please ring the main hospice number and speak to one of the ward nurses.
How often will I be contacted?
When you’re first referred to the service, your nurse will discuss with you your needs and worries and plan further contact with you. You might find a scheduled regular phone call useful, or may benefit from visits at home. If your condition changes or you have any concerns or queries, you can get in touch at any time. A small problem is often best dealt with before it becomes difficult and this is much easier during the working week when the professionals who know you best are available.
Do you share my personal information?
Our team may need to share your personal information within the hospice and with other healthcare professionals. Information about you will always be managed in accordance with The Data Protection Act 1998. We will not share information about you with your family or friends without your consent.