Support at home

Our community team are here to help you cope with the practical and emotional impact of your illness.

Our community team are here to help you cope with the practical and emotional impact of your illness. The team is made up of Clinical Nurse Specialists, each assigned to a local GP practice. A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is a registered nurse who has had specialist training; ours have expert knowledge of cancer and palliative care. The CNSs are supported by Consultants in Palliative Medicine.

You’ll have a named CNS, but if they’re not on duty, another member of the team will be happy to help. Your nurse will work closely with your GP and the other healthcare professionals involved in your care to make sure your individual needs and wishes are met. They’ll listen to any worries you may have, can help you in planning and recording your preferences for your future care, and will offer expert advice and information to you and your GP if you’re struggling with pain or other difficult symptoms such as nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, breathlessness and weakness. Our community nurses don’t provide ‘hands on’ care, however they can arrange access to other services for you if needed, including our hospice wellbeing services or admission to our inpatient ward.