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Palliative Care

Palliative care is the care of patients with life-limiting illness. The goal of palliative care is to achieve the best quality of life for patients and families.

Who we are

The Hospital Palliative Care Team works across all areas of the hospital. The team’s role is to support patients and their families/carers with specialist palliative care needs.

The team is made up of:

  • A palliative care consultant
  • Nurse consultant
  • Clinical nurse specialists
  • Palliative care nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Consultant clinical health psychologist
  • Administrator

The team are available Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm. Otherwise leave a message on the answer-phone - messages may not be responded to until the following working day.

A Saturday/Sunday service is available from 9.00am - 4.00pm when one clinical nurse specialist is on duty. To access this service please ring the hospital switchboard and request bleep 905.


How we may help

We work with you and other professionals involved in the care of you or your friend/loved one. We also consider the needs of carers and family, and help with aspects of care such as symptom management, emotional support, information and planning.

We also provide time to discuss concerns regarding your or your friend/ loved one’s illness and treatment. We help with complex discharge arrangements to achieve preferred place of care. Please be aware, we can only provide this support with the patient's consent.


Priorities for care in the last days and hours of life -  Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People

In response to the Neuberger Review ‘More care, less pathway’, there is an approach for all hospitals and other health care organisations caring for dying people in England. We fully support and work to achieve the following priorities for end of life care.

When it is thought that a person may die within the next few days or hours, this possibility should be communicated sensitively and clearly, decisions made and actions taken that are best suited to the person's needs.

The dying person and those they identify as important to them need to be involved in decision making, and their needs actively explored and met as far as possible.

An individual plan of care, which includes food and drink, symptom control and psychological, social and spiritual support, is agreed, co-ordinated and delivered with compassion.


Useful contacts

Palliative Care Team

Monday - Friday 8.30am-4.30pm

Saturdays & Sundays 9.00am-4.00pm

0118 322 7826 (answer phone)

Urgent queries: 0118 322 5111 and request bleep 905


    Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust,
    London Road,
    RG1 5AN
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