Trinity Hospice is not just a building. We are several teams of specialists all working to make sure those who need us have access to the highest quality of care at the time when they need it most.
One of those teams is our specialist palliative care team based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Our specialist nurses are all experienced in palliative care, and have the knowledge and skills to give patients support and advice on a range of topics, from complex symptom management to spiritual and psychological care.
How can the specialist palliative care team in the hospital help?
We aim to look after the person, not just the illness. That means as well as providing expert guidance on the physical symptoms of an illness, we will also be there for any emotional concerns and for any social, psychological and spiritual needs.
Our support doesn’t end when a patient is discharged. We can access a wide range of other specialist services depending on a patient’s wishes and needs to make sure they have everything they need to live well with their illness.
Who are we?
Our hospital team works with three palliative care consultants, a speciality doctor, a trainee advanced practitioner, four Clinical Nurse Specialists, four Associate Clinical Nurse Specialists and two NVQ3 nurses. They all work alongside other teams within the hospital to enhance the care being provided to patients and their families or carers.
The team works from 8am to 5pm seven days a week (Monday to Sunday) including all Bank Holidays.
What does Trinity's specialist palliative care team in the hospital do?
Our team at the hospital works in partnership with the teams working with patients in the hospital to provide:
- Expert guidance about medications that may be more effective to alleviate symptoms such as pain, nausea or breathlessness
- Complex psychological and emotional support for patients and their families
- Advice to patients, family and carers to help them made decisions about the future
- A ‘joined-up’ approach to care, working alongside a patient’s wider care team, including GP, District Nurse and Consultant
- An assessment to whether patients and relatives would benefit from Trinity’s other services, such as the In-patient Unit, Complementary Therapy and Counselling at the Linden Centre
- A referral to other providers if needed, for example, social services, occupational therapy, physiotherapy or benefits advice
- Education to other local health care professionals to help them better support the patients they are caring for