Hospice care isn’t confined to a hospice building. Our nurses provide face to face support for patients across the Fylde Coast community. It means we are often out on the road!

Hospice care extends way beyond the hospice buildings. You’ll find our Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) team at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, in local community hospitals and visiting patients in their own homes.

But wherever they are, one thing’s certain – Trinity’s Community Nurse Specialists always act as an advocate for patients, helping them access the highest quality of care at the time when they need it most.

How can the Trinity CNS team help?

They are all experienced palliative care nurses with the knowledge and skills to provide patients with support and advice on a range of topics, from complex symptom management to spiritual and psychological care.

That can include:

  • 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
  • Advising patients, family and carers, helping them make decisions about the future.
  • Working alongside a patient’s wider care team (GP, District Nurse, Consultant) to make sure they are receiving the best possible ‘joined up’ care.
  • Assessing if patients and relatives would benefit from Trinity’s other services, such as the Day Therapy Unit, In Patient Unit, Complementary Therapy and Counselling at the Linden Centre.
  • Referral to other providers if needed, for example, social services, occupational therapy, physiotherapy or benefits advice.
  • Educating other local health care professionals to help them better support the patients they are caring for.

To find out how we made a difference to one of our patients, read Nikki’s Story

Frequently asked questions

How does a Trinity CNS become involved in a patient’s care?

Referrals are made by a hospital consultant, GP, District Nurse or other senior health care professional.

No, the Trinity CNS team does not take overall responsibility. We provide specialist knowledge, assessment and interventions to support the wider caring team (GP and District Nurses) and help patients with the worries that being very unwell may present.

While in hospital, the hospital doctors and nurses will always be a patient’s main care providers.

For as long as our specialist support is required - that is, until a patient has improved and stabilised. They will continue to be managed by GP and District Nurses until the time when our specialist support is required again, and we are asked us to be part of the care once more.

No, it’s a common mistake, but Trinity Hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support are two completely separate charities. A Trinity CNS works for and is paid for by Trinity Hospice and covers Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre; a Macmillan Nurse works for the national cancer charity.

  • Community team based at Trinity Hospice - 01253 359379 between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday
  • Hospital team based at Blackpool Victoria - 01253 953670 any time, and leave a message on the answerphone.

We will try to return a call on the same day, but this may not always be possible. If you feel you need urgent help at any time please contact your own GP.

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