CNS team - working in the community - Trinity Hospice
Trinity Hospice

CNS team – working in the community

Our Clinical Nurse Specialists have specialist palliative care skills and are armed with knowledge to provide you with support and advice. Your GP, consultant or nurse specialist can refer you to a Trinity nurse, who will give support and guidance to your caring team to maximise your quality of life. Our nurses can also advise on anything from complex symptom management to spiritual and psychological care.

Helping you cope

Our nurses are here to:

  • Help to manage symptoms, such as pain, nausea or breathlessness.
  • Advise patients, family and carers, making it easier to make decisions about the future.
  • Contact your GP, district nurses and social services to make sure you are receiving the best possible ‘joined up’ care.
  • Provide access to some of Trinity’s other services, such as the Day Therapy Unit, In Patient Unit, Complementary Therapy and the Linden Centre.

You might meet one of our specialist nurses at the hospital, at your GP surgery or in your own home. Wherever they are, our nurses always act as an advocate for you to achieve the highest quality of care at the time when you need us most.

If you need to contact the Trinity CNS team just telephone them on 01253 359379.

CNS Frequently asked questions

What is palliative care?
The aim of palliative care is to achieve the best quality of life for patients by managing difficulties and providing support. Palliative care is provided by many health care professionals, in hospital and at home.

What does Trinity Hospice do?
We look after the person and not just the illness. Trinity provides specialist palliative care for adults who have progressive life limiting illness and have complex needs because of that illness. These needs can be varied and may involve physical symptoms, emotional concerns, social or spiritual needs.

What is a Trinity Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)?
Trinity CNS nurses are highly qualified registered nurses who have completed additional training to become specialist practitioners. Team members have chosen palliative care as their specialist area.

What is the Trinity CNS Team?
The team consists of nurses who may visit patients in their own homes, hold clinics at GP surgeries and work in Blackpool Victoria and local community hospitals. Team members work closely together and aim to provide a seamless service for patients and families requiring specialist palliative care.

How does a Trinity nurse become involved in a person’s care?
A referral is made to the Trinity team by a hospital consultant, GP, other nurse specialist or matron, who may ask the Trinity CNS to become involved in the management of a person’s care.

What can a Trinity CNS do to help?

We help your doctors and nurses manage any symptoms you may have such as pain, sickness or breathlessness, to provide relief and enhance your quality of life.

We give support to you and your family at a difficult time by listening and helping you to understand what is happening. We work with your doctors and nurses to ensure you have enough information about your illness in order for you to make decisions about your future.

The team can refer you to other services for support if needed, for example, social services, community nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, benefits advice or additional Trinity services.

Will the Trinity CNS take over my care?
No – we provide specialist knowledge, information and support while working alongside others involved in your care. The hospital doctors and nurses continue to be your main care providers while you are in hospital. Your GP and District Nurses remain the main care providers for you at home. They make most of the decisions about your care and how best to help you.

Some people refer to the Trinity CNS as a Macmillan Nurse. Is this the same thing?
No. Trinity Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support are two separate charities which are not connected.

The Trinity or Macmillan Nurse title relates to the organisation which employs the nurse. Clinical Nurse Specialists in Palliative Care in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde work for and are paid by Trinity Hospice, hence the name Trinity CNS.

Will the Trinity CNS remain involved in my care?
Your Trinity CNS will remain involved in your care while specialist help and support is required. Once your problems have improved we will discharge you back to your own doctor, district nurse and/or hospital consultant. Your health care team can ask us to become involved again in future if specialist support is required.

How do I contact my Trinity CNS?
Messages can be left 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday by phoning 01253 359379.
We will do our best to return your call on the same day, but this may not always be possible. Outside these hours a member of hospice staff will be available to give general advice if required. If you feel you need urgent help at any time please contact your own doctor.

Hospice at Home

Hospice at Home has been launched as a partnership between Blackpool CCG, Fylde and Wyre CCG and Trinity Hospice. The service supports patients overnight in their own homes as they enter the final months of life.

various oct 15 110The service is a response to the call for greater patient choice; for some people their last and greatest wish is to die at home in familiar surroundings.

The hope is that fewer unplanned hospital admissions will be needed if carers have the reassurance of Hospice at Home nurses just a phone call away. Many 999 calls are made at night as families worry about a loved one’s deterioration and don’t want to wait until the GP surgery opens to get advice or prescribed medication for pain and symptom control.

There are two Hospice at Home teams, each consisting of a registered nurse and a healthcare assistant. One team primarily covers the ‘north’ of the Fylde coast, the other the ‘south’. The service runs 9pm to 8am seven days a week. The length of each home visit will depend on the patient’s needs.

Hospice at Home works closely with GPs and district nurses and patients are referred to the team using specific criteria via Fylde Coast Medical Services, who co-ordinate out of hours care.

For more information about Hospice at Home – which is based at Trinity – contact Nicky Parkes 01253 358881.